Zachariah Peterson sentenced to 30 years for murder at Columbia trailer park

Monday, April 23, 2012 | 5:55 p.m. CDT
Zachariah Peterson, left, watches as the jury enters the courtroom March 6 at the Boone County Courthouse.

COLUMBIA — Zachariah Peterson was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison in connection with the death of James Porter, who was killed Jan. 18, 2011, in a Columbia trailer park. 

Peterson was convicted of second-degree murder on March 8. He was also charged with armed criminal action, but was found not guilty on that charge.

Porter was found after being shot five times in the Sunset Mobile Home Park, where the two men had been the middlemen in a drug deal involving 30 pounds of marijuana.

Peterson faces a May 29 hearing and a June 6 trial on unrelated incidents.

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