ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – An unexpectedly tough sentence was handed down in St. Louis Circuit Court for a man convicted of gun crimes.

The Circuit Attorney’s office had only recommended a seven-year sentence for James Green, who was found to have several illegal weapons in his home in the 3900 block of Greer Avenue two years ago.

But circuit judge Steven Ohmer ordered Green to serve 60 years in prison on four counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, nearly 10-times that suggested amount.

This comes just after the circuit court launched a new plan to funnel most gun crime cases before three select judges, including Ohmer, to streamline the process.

The stated goal was to reduce gun violence, protect the public and promote safety. The extra long sentence is believed to be sending a message to other gun criminals.

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