25-to-life for Tucson man in drug-related killing

2014-06-24T00:00:00Z 2014-06-24T09:06:33Z 25-to-life for Tucson man in drug-related killingPatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A man who shot and killed his former partner in an illicit marijuana growing enterprise will spend at least 25 years in prison.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Jane Eikleberry sentenced Bryan Peter Foshay to 25 years to life in prison on Monday for a 2012 killing.

Foshay was convicted at trial in May of the first-degree murder of Brian Blackwell.

The jury found Foshay, 37, shot Blackwell, 39, in the head and left his body in Blackwell’s eastside condo near Camino Seco and Old Spanish Trail.

“Seeing Brian’s body like that will forever be etched in my memory,” said Blackwell’s father Al Blackwell, who found his son dead in the condo in January 2012.

Deputy Pima County Attorney Lindsay St. John said even though Brian Blackwell was involved in illegal drugs he didn’t deserve the violent death at the hands of Foshay.

Defense attorney Walter Palser asked the judge to offer what little leniency was available to his client, noting Foshay has no criminal history.

Palser also said Foshay has worked throughout his adult life and has played an import role in the raising of his children.

Foshay could have been sentenced to spend the remainder of his life in prison instead of the lesser sentence he received.

Palser also noted the nearly 40 letters in support of Foshay family and friends wrote.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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