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ST. LOUIS, MO – United States District Judge Ronnie L. White sentenced Miles Davis to 51 months in prison. The 36-year-old St. Louis resident pleaded guilty to one count of felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of possession with intent to distribute.

On October 9, 2019, officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) were patrolling the 4000 block of Pleasant and noticed Davis watching their patrol car suspiciously. While watching the patrol car, the officers noticed Davis grab his satchel and hide between two parked cars.

Concerned Davis was either grabbing or getting rid of a weapon, one SLMPD officer got out of the patrol car and approached Davis. As the officer approached, Davis removed a handgun from the satchel and threw it under one of the parked cars. The officer ordered Davis to come from between the parked cars, handcuffed Davis and advised him of his Miranda rights. Davis told the officer that when he saw the police he was scared, because he is a convicted felon.

A computer check verified Davis was a convicted felon. The handgun recovered from under the parked car is a Hi-Pointe 9mm caliber pistol with seven rounds of ammunition. Police also found multiple bags of cocaine base (crack) and fentanyl on Davis. Davis admitted he sold drugs and sold someone drugs in exchange for the pistol.                      

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Officers investigated the case. Special Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Szczucinski prosecuted the case for the United States Attorney’s Office as part of the Safer Streets Initiative. Missouri Attorney General Schmitt and U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen launched the initiative in January of 2019 as an unprecedented state and federal partnership to prosecute violent crime in St. Louis.

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