local man sentenced to lengthy prison sentence on federal firearms charges
St. Louis, MO – ROBERT HENNINGS was sentenced to 15 years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm. Hennings was sentenced as an Armed Career Criminal under 18 U.S.C. Section 924(e).
According to court documents, on April 14, 2013, St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers received a 911 call from a man reporting that his mother's neighbor was threatening his mother with a handgun. Officers arrived at the scene where they found the victim, who informed officers that Hennings pointed a handgun at her. While officers were still at the apartment, Hennings returned and was arrested. A search of the area revealed Hennings' coat under a bush in the front yard of the apartment building with a loaded semi-automatic pistol in the coat pocket. They also found a second magazine loaded with six rounds. The victim identified Hennings' coat and the pistol. A review of Hennings' criminal history revealed that he previously was convicted of multiple violent felonies, and as a convicted felon is forbidden by law to own or possess firearms.
Hennings, St. Louis, Missouri, pled guilty in January to one felony count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge Carol E. Jackson.
This case was investigated by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Cristian Stevens is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney's Office.