Gunman sentenced to life in murder of 45-year-old father

Published March 23, 2007

TAMPA - A man with the nickname "Murder" and a "Die by the gun" tattoo on his right arm will go to prison for life for fatally shooting a father of four.

Andrew Asher Walters' three-day trial for felony murder and armed robbery ended Thursday with guilty verdicts. The jury deliberated about six hours.

His victim's widow, Denise Klotsch, managed a brief statement before bursting into tears.

"I'm just glad justice was done," she said.

Arnold Klotsch, a 45-year-old carpenter, had been waiting for his wife to get off work from the liquor store at the Albertson's in Town 'N Country on March 1, 2003.

When two robbers emerged from the store instead, he went after them in his car.

Prosecutors said Walters fired two shots, killing Klotsch.

The second man, Richard J. Sampeur of Miami, also was charged with first-degree murder. In exchange for testifying against Walters, he was offered a 25-year prison sentence.

Walters' attorney, Nick Sinardi, argued that no physical evidence linked his client to the crimes.

Walters of Miramar was arrested several weeks afterward in Miami after leading police on a car chase.

He was sentenced in May 2004 to 10 years in prison for that incident and battering a pregnant woman.

His latest conviction brings a life sentence without parole, plus an additional 25 years for the armed robbery.