St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is calling out Circuit Judge Margaret Neill after she issued a second probation to a gun felon who is now accused of shooting and killing a man just last week.
A federal lawsuit accuses a St. Louis-area school district of failing to protect a former student from being sexually assaulted by a teacher.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce says probation may be appropriate for first-time offenders, but not for what she calls “frequent flyers” who are receiving several chances at the risk of public safety.
“It is very frustrating to see this high percentage of individuals, charged with gun crimes, go right back on our streets, with little or no consequences,” Slay says.
A local criminologist says it looks like the judges aren’t any tougher on gun crimes here than they were in 2011.
“We arrest criminals and they say ‘I’m not worried about it. I got paper. I got probation the first time, and I’ll get paper the second time,'” complained a frustrated Police Chief Sam Dotson.
St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Margaret M. Neil may have played a role in this week’s wild, weaving shootout on Interstate 44 – without ever intending to.
A Jefferson County man is sentenced to six months in jail and six months probation for killing two puppies he claimed were “sick.”
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says at least some judges are hearing his concerns – stricter sentences for violent offenders is what he wants to see.
The officer-involved shooting happened before 4 p.m. Tuesday in the 4100 block of Minnesota in South St. Louis.