August 28, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo – Attorney General Chris Koster announced today that Brent Schwertz of Phelps County has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for shooting to death his fiancée, Tracy Weber, in 2010. Schwertz was convicted of murder in the first-degree and armed criminal action by a jury in April. His trial was moved to Pulaski County on a change of venue. On Wednesday August 28, 2013, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge William E. Hickle imposed sentences of life without parole for the murder conviction, plus forty years for the armed criminal action conviction.
The evidence showed that Schwertz shot and killed Tracy Weber, on February 11, 2010, at their residence, just south of Rolla, after she allegedly told him she was ending their relationship. Officers were dispatched to the residence after one of Weber's sons reported that his mother told him by telephone that she was being held at gunpoint. A short time later, another of her sons heard a scream and a gunshot while on the phone with Weber. When officers arrived at the scene, Schwertz was brandishing a silver pistol. Officers asked if anyone was inside the residence and Schwertz stated that his girlfriend was inside and that he had shot her in the chest. Weber died of a single gunshot wound to the chest while she was en route to a Springfield hospital.
"Life without the possibility of probation or parole is appropriate in a case involving such a grievous act of domestic violence and murder," said Koster. "My hope is that this sentence can bring a small degree of closure to the family and friends of Tracy Weber."
Assistant Attorneys General David Hansen and Lauren Barrett handled the prosecution of the case after the Missouri Attorney General's Office was appointed as Special Prosecutor.