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Lance Shockley has been sentenced to death for killing Missouri Highway patrol trooper Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham Jr. in 2005.

That sentence was handed down this afternoon (05-22-09) by Carter County Circuit Judge David Evans. A jury found Shockley guilty of killing Graham in March, but deadlocked during the penalty phase of the trial.

Prosecutors say that Shockley gunned down Sgt.Graham, who was 37, when the trooper returned home from his shift the driveway because he was investigating Shockley as the driver in a fatal car crash that killed his best friend, Jeffrey Bayless.
Defense attorney Bradford Kessler says he will file an appeal in the case.