Who is Trenton Forster?
Trenton Forster is the suspect who shot and killed St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder in 2016, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. His legal claim cited a state law that prohibits life sentences without parole for offenders younger than 18. A Missouri appeals court rejected an argument by a convicted cop killer Tuesday that his mandatory life sentence was cruel and unusual punishment because of his age.
Trenton Forster: What is the story?
Trenton Forster is serving life in prison without parole for fatally shooting St. Louis County Officer Blake Snyder in October 2016. The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District denied Trenton Forster’s legal claim that his mandatory prison sentence was cruel and unusual punishment because of his age. He was 18 when he killed Snyder. Current state law prohibits life sentences without parole for those younger than 18.
The court’s decision relied on a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling that rejected a bid to raise the age limit for life sentences with no possibility of parole in first-degree murder cases.
St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder, 33, was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Photo courtesy of the department Forster also claimed some evidence entered at trial was prejudicial, such as the trial testimony of Snyder’s wife Elizabeth Snyder, an image of her husband in his police uniform, and anti-police rhetoric in audio recordings from one of Forster’s jail phone calls.