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Roche Convicted of Second-Degree Murder

REPUBLIC, Mo. -- Gabriel Roche has been convicted of second-degree murder for killing a Republic teen because "he was a snitch."
REPUBLIC, Mo. -- Gabriel Roche has been convicted of murder for killing a Republic teen because "he was a snitch."

Roche was convicted of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Weston T. North beyond a reasonable doubt.

After Roche was convicted, the court proceeded to sentencing.

For second-degree murder, Roche was sentenced to a term of life imprisonment and for armed criminal action, the court sentenced him to a term of three years imprisonment. Both sentences are to run concurrent. 


Background on the case:


Roche told investigators he killed Weston because he was “a snitch” and he wanted his brother Michael Roche to see someone get killed, according to the probable cause statement filed in the case. Gabriel Roche detailed for sheriff’s detectives how he first stabbed North in the chest with a butcher knife, but then ran after him and stabbed him again in the back and sides.

“North begged for his life,” the statement says, but Roche “then cut his throat.”

Injuries on North’s body, which was found lying in a ditch on Farm Road 178 near Missouri ZZ near Republic, were consistent with the injuries Roche stated he inflicted, the probable cause statement says.

Michael Roche corroborated the description of events given by his brother, but said he thought the three young men were walking to a location to look for some of Weston’s belongings. In hindsight, he told detectives, he should have realized what his brother was going to do.


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