Hammer Killer Locked Up for Life

St. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) –  A Farmington man is scheduled to be sentenced this morning for the vicious, bludgeoning  murder of a decorated Korean War veteran and former prisoner of war.

According to court transcripts,  in October 2008, Ronald Wright talked his way into the home of  77-year-old John Shaw in St. Genevieve.  In the process of ransacking and burglarizing  the home he attacked Shaw with a hammer as Shaw’s wife fled out the back door. Hiding behind the house, his wife was able to call police and Wright was arrested. The autopsy report said Shaw died of extensive injuries and severe trauma to the head.  On May 24, 2011, a jury found Wright found guilty and recommended mandatory life in prison. This morning Wright is scheduled to be locked up for two hundred years with no chance for parole.      

 Copyright KMOX


More From CBS St. Louis

Listen Now
Introducing Your New Podcast Network
Find St. Louis' Top Spots

Listen Live