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August 9, 2011

Attorney General Koster announces sentencing in Hannibal murder case

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today Manuel Cazares, 35, has been sentenced to serve two life sentences and one 25-year sentence in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Circuit Judge Nancy Schneider, St. Charles County, handed down the sentences on a change of venue following Cazares’ April conviction of two counts of 2nd degree murder and one count of armed criminal action in Hannibal. The sentences will run consecutively.

Koster said in February 2009, Cazares entered the home of his ex-girlfriend, Amanda Thomas, and found her asleep in bed with Carl Patrick Epley. Cazares then stabbed Thomas and Epley to death.

“This was an incredibly brutal and senseless murders,” Koster said, “and though nothing can bring back the victims or end the suffering of the victims’ families, I am pleased to know the defendant will spend the rest of his life in prison.”

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