CLAYTON • A St. Louis man who murdered an Illinois college student who was trying to sell his sports car through Craigslist was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole.
Michael Gordon, 27, was convicted in October of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the May 2015 shooting death of 19-year-old Taylor Clark, a sophomore at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Gordon’s convoluted scheme, prosecutors argued at trial, was to replace his repossessed red Nissan 350Z by killing Clark and taking the car Clark was selling, which was the same model. Prosecutors said Gordon lured Clark to an area behind the MTC Truck Driver training school at 12000 Missouri Bottom Road in Hazelwood where Gordon worked, shot him once in the face with a .40-caliber pistol, dumped his body and tried to cover it up.
The automatic sentence for the first-degree murder conviction was life without parole because the state did not seek the death penalty.