Zarro Receives Life Prison Term for 2013 Murders

Anthony Zarro (SCSO booking photo)
Anthony Zarro (SCSO booking photo)


by Sam Clanton


GALENA, Mo. – One of two teenagers charged as adults in the 2013 murders of Paul and Margaret Brooks at their lake home in Lampe is sentenced to life in prison.

Nineteen-year-old Anthony Zarro appeared before Senior Judge J. Edward Sweeney in Galena on Monday, and received a life prison term for one count of second-degree murder, and a consecutive 15-year sentence on a second count.

Zarro pleaded guilty last month during a pre-trial hearing in Neosho, where his case was moved on a change of venue.

According to Stone County Prosecutor Matt Selby, Zarro will be required to serve at least 39 years of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

Zarro and 18-year-old Christopher Allen were arrested at the scene of the murders, after a neighbor of the Brooks detained the boys using a BB gun that looked like a 9 millimeter pistol. Zarro was 16 and Allen was 15 years old at the time.

The two entered the home after running away from Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch. Selby says evidence at the scene indicated the couple suffered brutal and violent deaths.

Allen’s trial is scheduled to begin April 19th in Columbia.


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