Mario Coleman is sentenced to life in prison and eight more life sentences for the other crimes. Sentencing was set Friday morning for this second man convicted in a brutal South St. Louis home invasion and murder. The crime left a nurse and mother of two dead and a community shaken.
Last month 24-year-old Mario Coleman was found guilty of 26 counts in the case including first degree murder for killing 34-year-old Gina Stallis.
The crimes happened in October of 2009 at the home of Gina Stallis' grandmother. Coleman and his teenaged accomplice, Ledale Nathan Jr, forced their way into the home and spent 20 minutes robbing the place and terrorizing everyone inside.
Several other people were at home including off duty city police officer Isabella Lovadina. She was visiting her friend, former city firefighter Nick Koenig, when Coleman and Nathan forced everyone into a hallway. Lovadina fought back and that's when Coleman started shooting. He killed Stallis and shot Lovadina five times and Koenig twice. Lovadina Keonig survived.
"It doesn't bring her back but at least maybe we have some justice for her." said Gina's mother Rose Whitrock.
Stallis' two children were upstairs when the horrifying crimes happened but they were not hurt. Coleman was convicted of the 12th birthday of Stallis' oldest son.
Circuit attorney Jennifer Joyce tweeted prosecutors will seek the maximum penalty for Coleman. His accomplice Nathan received multiple life sentences.