Guilty Plea and Sentencing Occur for Two Co-Defendants Involved with Drug Distribution and Firearms Possession
St. Louis, MO - Stanley “Outlaw” Carter, of St. Louis City, pled guilty on April 22, 2013, to one felony count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and a second felony count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Carter entered his change of plea before United States District Judge Henry E. Autrey.
Specifically, on March 26, 2008, Carter and co-defendant Antonio “Lips” Shaw and another accomplice, Richard “Repeat” Bobbitt, entered a City of St. Louis residence with guns drawn. The residence was occupied at the time by a 10-year old girl, a teenage boy and the children's mother. Carter and his two accomplices stole a significant amount of marijuana that they located in the residence.
On May 10, 2008, Carter utilized an AR-15 assault-style rifle to execute two individuals associated with a rival group. The two men were inside a vehicle when Carter approached and opened fire from point-blank range. The shooting occurred at the area commonly referred to as "the Circle" located near 1199 Riverview Boulevard within the City of St. Louis. The first victim, Adolph Ellison, was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim, Donald Mack, died shortly after. Immediately following the shooting, Carter and his two accomplices, again being Shaw and Bobbitt, fled the scene and undertook efforts to conceal evidence related to the crime.
Carter now faces penalties ranging from 35 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for July 22, 2013. In determining the actual sentence, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.
Today, Carter's co-defendant, Antonio Shaw, was sentenced to over 31 years imprisonment on one felony count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine base (crack) and a second felony count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Shaw was convicted of both crimes after a six-day jury trial before United States District Court Judge Henry E. Autrey. During sentencing, the United States District Court took into consideration evidence of Shaw's drug distribution and firearm possession established by the United States during Shaw's criminal trial. The Court also considered, among other things, Shaw's direct involvement in the May 10, 2008, Riverview Circle double-homicide. The additional evidence presented at sentencing established that, among other things, Shaw provided to Carter the firearm used to murder the two victims, identified the two victims as the targets to be killed and drove the vehicle utilized before, during and after the shooting.
This case was investigated by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, St. Louis County Police Department, the Berkeley Police Department, United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Marshals Service and the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office.