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St. Charles Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Murder Case

Tory Brooks was one of four men who attempted to rob Brandon Joyce during a drug deal gone bad.

The man who was the passenger in a getaway car during an attempted robbery and murder on a St. Charles parking lot on Christmas Eve 2010 was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Tory Brooks, 22, of the 900 block of North Sixth Street, pleaded no contest to charges of second-degree murder, attempted robbery and two counts of armed criminal action, the report said, for his part in the the , a 26-year-old St. Charles-native.

Brooks was one of four men who tried to rob Joyce during a drug deal early on the morning of Dec. 24, 2012.

According to court documents, investigators say the fourth suspect shot Joyce in the head, then all the men fled. Joyce died at 3:50 a.m. Dec. 28 at . 

Brooks' twin brother, Cory Brooks, pleaded guilty of second-degree murder this year, the Post-Dispatch reported, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Two of the Brookses' cousins, including the alleged gunman, await trial.

cherie tullock July 10, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Really....only 20 years??? Speaking as the mother of a murdered child I will say I am against the death penalty...but I do believe life in prison for a person who takes a life. I realize this person didnt do the actual shooting but I am quite sure they didnt call for an ambulance and stay to help the person either!
ethel chapple July 11, 2012 at 03:20 AM
It's amazing how Brandon was painted as an up standing citizen. When in fact, he sumonon those guys to bring him drugs, which is a crime itself. Everything was posted good about him, when in fact, those twin brothers were high school graduates and in training to become boxers, they had gone out of town to train with George Formen camp. I don't condom murder, or a person who loses his life over a grug deal gone bad. Brandon Joyce was a drug user. Young men and women are losing their lives over it everyday. If anyone is in a situation like that, who to say what one would do. I have lost several family members through drug deals, why is this one so different?

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