Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Despite His Pleas, Killer Gets Life Term He Blamed Prosecutor and Grandfather's Past

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Despite His Pleas, Killer Gets Life Term He Blamed Prosecutor and Grandfather's Past

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Claiming he is an innocent man, Lawrence T. Callanan blamed his murder conviction on the sins of his grandfather and a zealous prosecutor.

Neither Callanan's allegations nor an appeal by his mother, Harriett Ojile, swayed St. Louis County Circuit Judge Emmett M. O'Brien Friday.

Refusing to grant a new trial, O'Brien sentenced Callanan, 21, to life in prison without parole. On April 4, a jury convicted Callanan of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of John M. Schuh, 24, of Spanish Lake. After attending a party in the 1700 block of Bent Twig Lane during the Fourth of July weekend last year, Callanan shot Schuh four times. The dead man was found lying on the porch. Callanan fled.

Callanan alleged that authorities treated him differently because he is the grandson of the late Lawrence "Larry" Callanan who ran Pipefitters Local 562 from World War II until his death in 1971.

Under his control, the union was often the target of federal investigations, political scandals and allegations of ties to organized crime. …

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