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Convicted Craigslist killer sentenced to life in prison

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Michael Gordon was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering Taylor S. Clark, 19 (Credit: Police) Michael Gordon was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering Taylor S. Clark, 19 (Credit: Police)

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) – The man who was found guilty of murdering Taylor Clark was sentenced to life in prison without parole Tuesday.

Michael Gordon was convicted in October of murder and armed criminal action in the death of 19-year-old SIUE student Taylor Clark.

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Clark went missing on May 4, 2015 after being contacted about his 2007 Nissan 350ZX he was selling on Craigslist. His body and car were found the next day at the Hazelwood, Missouri business where Gordon worked.

"This didn't have to happen," said Clark's father, Robert Clark,"not for a car." 

Clark's parents were at the sentencing at the St. Louis Justice Center and read a letter from his brother. 

"He was our son," said Clark, "he worked hard, he was there for his family." 

Clark described Taylor as a "typical 19-year-old" who loved hanging out and having fun. 

He and his wife say while they do think some type of justice was served, they would have preferred a death sentence. 

However, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch says the case didn't meet with all of the statutory requirements in order to make it a death penalty case.  

"It won't ease their pain," said McCulloch, "but at least they can take some comfort in knowing that the's paying a huge price, not as huge as their son paid for it, but paying a huge price for it and he won't be out there to harm anyone else." 

Robert Clark says he and his family are still processing everything, but are relieved Gordon is being held accountable for his actions. 

"He can't do what he's done to our family to anyone else," said Clark, "and I wouldn't wish this journey on anyone." 

The case sparked a major change in how people viewed Craigslist. Most police departments in the St. Louis-area now offer a safe space to do sales, and many of them made that change because of what happened to Clark.

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