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Ex-LWR quarterback Brooks gets life in prison

BRADENTON — A judge this afternoon sentenced former Lakewood Ranch High quarterback Tim Brooks to life in prison in the 2008 shooting death of William White Jr.

Manatee Circuit Judge Debra Riva sentenced Brooks, 19, to a life prison term. A jury last year had found Brooks guilty of first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm.

Brooks, a former high school football standout, shot White, 19, during a botched robbery on July 13, 2008.

According to testimony, Brooks and another man, Cody Rogers, 19, approached a car White was riding in as a passenger. The driver of the car, Jakob Cunnien, testified that when he stopped his car that night after seeing someone he knew, Rogers approached the driver’s side of the car, and Brooks the passenger side.

Both men were armed and robbed Cunnien and White, according to prosecutors. As Cunnien tried to drive away, he testified that Brooks opened fire on White, killing him.

Prosecutors have also charged Rogers with murder and robbery in White’s death, saying he aided Brooks in the robbery that led to White’s death. He is scheduled to go on trial in February, and faces life in prison, if convicted.

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