NEW MADRID -- Now it is up to the judge to determine how long a New Madrid man will serve in prison for the stabbing death of another.
Sentencing is set for 9 a.m. April 12 for Robert Rooker, 49, who was convicted of second degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Patrick Bradley. Sentencing will be by 34th Judicial Circuit Judge Fred Copeland.
The sentencing range for second degree murder is 10 to 30 years in prison or life and the sentencing range for armed criminal action is three to 30 years in prison.
According to New Madrid County Prosecuting Attorney Lewis Recker, the armed criminal action sentence must run consecutively to the sentence he receives for the murder. Rooker will serve 85 percent of the sentence he is given on the murder charge before he starts serving his sentence on the armed criminal action, he said.
It took a Pemiscot County jury around 30 minutes to find Rooker, guilty on the charges following a two-day trial, which ended Thursday.
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