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St. Louis man sentenced on weapons charge and for pointing a gun at police officers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2012

St. Louis, MO - Reagan Hess was sentenced to 110 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Hess received significant sentencing enhancements for pointing the firearm at a St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer.

According to court documents and testimony at the sentencing hearing today, during the evening hours of February 22, 2011, two St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officers were on strategic patrol in the area of the 3500 block of Paris Avenue, in the City of St. Louis, when they observed three males standing the in the alley in the rear of 3527 Paris. Officers observed Hess holding a handgun at his side. When Hess saw the marked vehicle, he ran and hid in the exterior basement stairwell nearby. Hess pointed the pistol at one of the officers, who fearing for his life, fired one shot at Hess, striking him in the leg. The officer then stepped back behind cover and ordered him to drop the pistol. Hess dropped the loaded .40 caliber pistol, which was then recovered by officers. Prior to these events, Hess had been convicted of multiple felony offenses, so is forbidden by law to own or possess firearms.

REAGAN HESS, St. Louis, MO, pled guilty in March to one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig.

This case was investigated by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Michael Reilly handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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