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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Schwertz gets life in prison

  • WAYNESVILLE — A Rolla man who was found guilty of shooting his fiancée to death will be locked away for the rest of his life and has no chance for probation or parole.
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  • WAYNESVILLE — A Rolla man who was found guilty of shooting his fiancée to death will be locked away for the rest of his life and has no chance for probation or parole.
    Brent Curtis Schwertz has been sentenced to life in prison without any possibility of parole or probation for the first-degree murder charge filed against him in the death of Tracy Louise Weber, who was fatally shot on Feb. 11, 2010.
    25th Circuit Court Judge William E. Hickle handed down the sentence Wednesday morning. First-degree murder is a Class A felony and capital offense, under Missouri state statutes.
    In addition, Schwertz also was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the charge of armed criminal action. The sentences will be served concurrently.
    "Life without the possibility of probation or parole is appropriate in a case involving such a grievous act of domestic violence and murder," said Attorney General Chris Koster, whose office prosecuted the case.
    "My hope is that this sentence can bring a small degree of closure to the family and friends of Tracy Weber," Koster said.
    On April 19, a jury found Schwertz guilty on both charges in Pulaski County, where the four-day trial was moved on a change of venue request.
    Evidence presented in the trial showed that Schwertz shot and killed Weber at their residence in the 14000 block of County Road 5010, south of Rolla, after she allegedly told him she was ending their relationship, according to the state attorney general's office.
    A press release from the attorney general's office stated that deputies were dispatched to the residence after one of Weber's sons reported that his mother told him by telephone that she was being held at gunpoint.
    A short time later, one of Weber's other sons heard a scream and a gunshot while on the phone with Weber, the attorney general's office stated.
    When officers arrived at the scene, Schwertz was brandishing a silver pistol. Officers asked if anyone was inside the residence and Schwertz stated that his girlfriend was inside and that he had shot her in the chest, the news release stated.
    Weber died of a single gunshot wound to the chest while she was en route to a Springfield hospital.
    Assistant Attorneys General David Hansen and Lauren Barrett handled the prosecution of the case after the Missouri Attorney General's Office was appointed as special prosecutor.
    Weber was a well-known hairstylist who worked at Studio K Hair Salon and Fashion Boutique in St. James. She died that night en route to a Springfield hospital as she was being air-evacuated from the scene.

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