ST. CHARLES COUNTY • A man found guilty of the 2007 slaying of a St. Charles insurance agent was sentenced Monday to two life terms in prison.
Circuit Judge Lucy Rauch handed down the sentence after several relatives of victim Robert Eidman gave emotional testimony about the impact his murder has had on their lives.
Last month, jurors found Paul C. White, 35, a former St. Charles resident, guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the killing.
Eidman, 48, was shot three times with a 9 mm pistol. His body was discovered by a postal carrier making a delivery to his office at 2295 First Capitol Drive.
The case went unsolved for more than three years until DNA found on the inside of Eidman's rear pocket — where he kept his wallet — matched up with White's DNA and broke the case.
During the sentencing hearing Monday, Eidman's widow, Diane, spoke about how the murder left her afraid and unable to trust anyone. She said that initially, she didn't want prosecutors to seek the death penalty.
“But after seeing what you did to Bob, I think prison is too good for you,” she said.
She said White has shown no remorse even though he has had multiple opportunities to do so.
“I can never forgive you for taking Bob away from me,” she said.
Creve Coeur Police Chief Glenn Eidman said he found out about his brother's murder on the day he graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
He said that the murder had left many victims. His parents had to bury their child. Diane Eidman lost her partner, and his son had to give up an uncle he looked up to and respected.
“I lost my only brother, cut short in his life while struggling to make a living and hoping to make a difference in the world,” he said.
He also mentioned White's parents, who he said were victims too.
“They may someday realize that what happened was not a result of their actions, but the actions of a heartless and gutless criminal,” he said.
White's attorney Heather Donovan argued that her client had expressed remorse for what he did on several occasions. She asked that whatever sentences the judge imposed, that they run concurrently.
Rauch rejected the request. White's sentence for murder is life without parole and for robbery, life. The sentences will run consecutively.
White's accomplice in the murder, Cleo S. Hines, 33, of St. Louis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and robbery last month. His sentencing is set for Oct. 29.