- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

GALENA, Mo. (AP) - A second defendant has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the southwestern Missouri cabin deaths of a vacationing Michigan couple.

The Springfield News-Leader (http://sgfnow.co/1Tb6PeZ) reports 18-year-old Christopher Allen of Nashville, Tennessee, has pleaded guilty to Stone County murder and burglary charges. His trial was scheduled to begin next month.

A co-defendant, 19-year-old Anthony Zarro, of Spring, Texas, was sentenced to life terms earlier this month after previously pleading guilty to two murder counts.

Prosecutors say Zarro was 16 when Allen 15 when they killed Paul and Margaret Brooks, of Baldwin, Michigan, in their vacation cabin near Lampe.

Zarro and Allen had run away from a Missouri juvenile rehabilitation camp near the Brooks’ cabin two days before the couple were beaten and stabbed to death.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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