Trottier sentenced to 27 yrs

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

An Arkansas man will spend 27 years in prison for the murder of a Golden business owner.

Luke A. Trottier, 43, of Berryville, Ark., was sentenced to 26 years for murder in the second degree and 27 years for armed criminal action. The sentences, which were handed down by Senior Judge J. Edward Sweeney in Lawrence County Circuit Court on a change of venue, will run concurrently with the defendant required to serve 85 percent of the sentences.

The sentencing came four months after Trottier pleaded guilty to the shooting death of John E. Robinson, the 58-year-old owner of Golden Package, on Jan. 24, 2006.

According to court documents submitted when the original charges were filed, Trottier entered the Golden Package store sometime on the night of Jan. 24, 2006, and shot Robinson at least twice with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Witnesses reportedly saw Trottier and Robinson arguing during the day and later spotted the suspect's vehicle, a tan and green Jeep, parked across the road from the liquor store that night. Robinson was found dead in his store around 10 p.m. on Jan. 24, 2006, by deputies who were responding to a 911 call made by an area resident who went by the store to check on Robinson and found him shot and lying on the ground.

In an interview following Trottier's arrest on Jan. 25, 2006, Sheriff Mick Epperly said Trottier told officers he didn't mean to shoot Robinson. Trottier said he had been drinking and carried a gun with him into the store.

"It seems to be a case of uncontrolled anger," said Epperly.

Trottier was arrested by Sheriff Epperly and officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol at his parents home in Grandview, Ark., which is located about six miles south of Golden, the day after the shooting.

The case against Trottier was prosecuted by Barry County Prosecuting Attorney Johnnie Cox and investigated by the Barry County Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol. Trottier was represented by Shara Anne Martin, assistant public defender from Monett.

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