Trenton Forster has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the killing of St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder in 2016.
Snyder was 33 years old when he was killed, and left behind a wife and 2-year-old son. His wife, Elizabeth Snyder, said at the sentencing that she has forgiven Forster for killing her husband, but that doesn’t mean she will forget. Blake Snyder’s parents also spoke at the sentencing, describing how Forster’s actions have shattered their lives.
Forster, 20, of Affton, was found guilty in February of first-degree murder in Snyder’s death. He was also convicted of assault on a law enforcement officer and two counts of armed criminal action, according to court records.
A conviction of first-degree murder comes with an automatic sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, and a judge added 27 years to that for the other counts against Forster during his sentencing on April 18, 2019. Prosecutors had earlier agreed not to seek the death penalty.
Forster shot and killed Snyder when the officer was responding to a disturbance call involving Forster in the 10700 block of Arno Drive in Green Park on Oct. 6, 2016. As Snyder approached Forster, who was in a parked car on the street, the teen opened fire. Snyder fell to the ground and another officer shot and wounded Forster, who was 18 years old at the time.
Snyder had served with the St. Louis County Police Department for four years. Clydesdale Park at 9801 Green Park Road has been renamed the Officer Blake C. Snyder Memorial Park, and Green Park has also dedicated its community room to Officer Snyder. A portion of Gravois Road between Mackenzie and Tesson Ferry roads in south St. Louis County has been renamed the Officer Blake Snyder Memorial Highway.
Snyder’s name has also been etched into the National law Enforcement Monument in Washington, D.C., alongside the names of thousands of other fallen officers.