Police Shocked Over ‘Insulting’ Sentence Given To Gunman
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A man who fired on St. Louis Police with an assault rifle in 2010 has received a four-year prison sentence.
Prosecutors had sought a twenty-year sentence for Ronnell Hood. Jeff Rooda, Business Manager for the St. Louis Police Officer’s Association, calls the sentence an insult.
“He was unable to kill our police officers. That was clearly his intention and four years in prison for that act insults the job that my officers do out there every day,” Roorda told KMOX. “Four years for trying to kill cops is a slap on the wrist.”
Hood had entered a blind plea and left sentencing up to St. Louis Circuit Judge Calea Stovall-Reid.
“I think it sends a terrible message, not only to our officers, how the courts value them, but more importantly to other criminals out in the street, that serious offenses are not going to be taken seriously,” Roorda said.