Fla. Man Sentenced to Life in Prison For Fla. Officer's Slaying
The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A 27-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for the 1998 slaying of Haines City Police Officer Christopher Horner.
Christopher B. Gamble also plead guilty to numerous robberies of businesses and banks in Polk County during a crime spree in 1998 and 1999. Prosecutors believe Horner was shot to death when he happened upon a band of robbers who had gathered at a cemetery.
Horner, the 36-year-old father of six, was shot in the back of the head with his own weapon in a crime that went unsolved for years. This spring, prosecutors announced the arrest of Gamble, who agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with investigators.
In September, a federal grand jury indicted a second man for Horner's slaying, Andre T. Paige.
Paige, 24, could face the death penalty if convicted.
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