St. Louis County Judge Daniel Pelikan rejected the jury’s recommendation of death and sentenced Marvin Rice to life in prison. It was the first time in nine years that a jury had recommended the death penalty, but the judge intervened, noting the mitigating factors involved in the case.

Read more: “Judge Rejects Missouri’s First Jury Recommendation of Death in Nine Years, Says Mitigating Evidence Requires Life Sentence for Marvin Rice,” Death Penalty Information Center, May 26, 2022