ST. LOUIS – A teenager has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in the carjacking death of 72-year-old Kenneth Spalter of Pound Ridge, who was in St. Louis to see his newborn grandchild.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Richard Donaldson of St. Louis County was sentenced Friday. Donaldson was 16 when the crime occurred last February in the city’s Tower Grove South neighborhood.
Donaldson and two others robbed Spalter and his wife Feb. 10, 2017, as they were getting out of their son-in-law’s car. Two gunmen approached the couple and demanded the keys to the car.
One of the men grabbed Spalter’s backpack, which contained an iPad and other items. Police say that gunman fatally shot Spalter when he resisted. Police said both suspects then ran to a waiting car and fled.
Donaldson has not identified the shooter.
Donaldson pleaded guilty in August to second-degree murder, robbery and other charges.
Spalter worked as a school psychologist at Mount Kisco Elementary School from 1976 until he retired in 2010, according to the Bedford school district.