Thursday, September 18, 2008

Man gets life in prison for killing Haines City police officer

Amy L. Edwards Sentinel Staff Writer
4:00 PM EDT, September 18, 2008

The triggerman convicted of killing a Haines City police officer 10 years ago was sentenced to life in prison Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Charles Fowler, 29, is the fourth person to be convicted in Christopher Todd Horner's death.

Horner was found dead March 3, 1998, slumped on the ground at the Oakland Cemetery. The rookie police officer was shot in the back of the head with his own handgun.

Authorities have said Fowler and several other men were getting ready to rob a bank when Horner approached them.

A federal jury in Tampa found Fowler guilty June 17. Three other men convicted in Horner's murder -- Christopher B. Gamble, Andre Paige and Robert Winston -- have already been sentenced to life in prison.

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