st. louis man sentenced for home invasion robbery conspiracy
St. Louis, MO -- TRAY FERGUSON of Saint Louis, Missouri, was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment on December 18 by the Honorable Catherine D. Perry. Ferguson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking in July 2013. Ferguson is the first of five defendants to be sentenced in connection with an April 2013 conspiracy in which the five men agreed to, among other things, arm themselves, make entry into a house located in south Saint Louis City, and rob between 22 and 30 kilograms of cocaine from inside the residence.
In preparation for the robbery, Ferguson armed himself with a Springfield Armory make, Model XD, .45 caliber pistol loaded with 14 rounds of ammunition; an additional .45 caliber magazine loaded with 13 rounds of ammunition; and a Glock make, Model 22, .40 caliber pistol with an extended magazine loaded with 21 rounds of ammunition. Ferguson also obtained and provided to co-defendant Ricky Turner a Colt, Model Python, .357 caliber revolver; 15 rounds of ammunition; and a loaded Hi Point, Model C9, nine millimeter caliber pistol. Co-defendant James Clark possessed a Glock make, Model 19, nine millimeter caliber pistol with an extended magazine loaded with 33 rounds of ammunition.
Sentencing for each of the remaining four co-defendants has been set as follows: Tramaine Ellis: January 2, 2014; Ahmad Britton: February 11, 2014; Rickey Turner: February 6, 2014; and James Clark: March 4, 2014.
Ferguson’s sentencing comes as a result of the proactive investigation initiated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department in the Spring of 2013 to reduce violent crime within the City of Saint Louis.