St. Charles County, MO (KSDK) - The Lake St. Louis man convicted of being involved in the shooting death of a Wentzville man during an attempted robbery has been sentenced to life in prison.
Twenty-three-year-old Daniel Brennan was found shot inside his vehicle in the southbound lanes along the Cave Springs overpass near a Denny's off Interstate 70 on July 13, 2010. Brennan later died a few hours later at a nearby hospital. He regained consciousness just long enough to tell police what had happened.
Police believed that was an arranged meeting for Brennan to purchase heroin. Brennan's girlfriend told them he planned to buy heroin. The three suspects walked from the St. Charles Motel 6 to the Sunbrook Apartment Complex, where the shooting took place.
Brennan and the suspects were in his car when the robbery occurred, police said. Brennan was then shot once in the back by the teenaged suspect. The suspects fled the scene on foot. Daniel Brennan attempted to drive himself to the hospital.
"It was a planned meeting. Then as they were in the vehicle, the robbery occurred and as the victim was reaching for something, we're really not sure what that is, the juvenile suspect in this case shot him one time in the back," said Deputy Commander Tim Lowery with the Major Case Squad.
After the shooting, police said the suspects ran from the apartment complex. Meanwhile, Brennan tried to drive himself to the hospital. He was able to give a description of two the suspects before dying.
Police arrested two of the suspects shortly following the shooting. The shooter was not apprehended until later.
Jeffrey Lottie was convicted for second-degree murder and armed criminal action. He was sentenced to life in prison, plus 25 years, to be served consecutively.
Meanwhile, the shooter, identified as Ron Rico Patton, was charged with second-degree murder, attempted robbery and armed criminal action.
The third suspect, Harvion Cameron of St. Charles, is awaiting trial.