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.
The man accused of crashing a stolen car in downtown St. Louis and running away from police while carrying a sawed-off shotgun was on probation for an earlier gun crime.
A study finds most suspects arrested for gun charges in the city of St. Louis never go to prison because of a loophole in state gun laws or the kindness of judges.