ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A 21-year-old St. Louis man has received a life sentence without parole in the death of a weekly newspaper’s circulation manager.
Rico Paul had previously been convicted of killing 58-year-old Paul Reiter in May 2011. Reiter died while trying to help a neighbor whose home was being burglarized at 10 in the morning.
He was shot to death while dialing 911 on his cellphone. Reiter was the long-time circulation manager of the St. Louis American newspaper.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Paul was sentenced Tuesday morning in the city’s Circuit Court. He also received a 20-year term for armed criminal action and seven years for burglary.
Those sentences will be served concurrently with the murder sentence. Paul was on probation for robbery and assault when Reiter was killed.