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East St. Louis man enters guilty plea for deadly carjacking and is sentenced to 25 years in federal prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

ST. LOUIS – Demario Hunter of East St. Louis, Illinois, appeared before United States District Court Judge John A. Ross today.  Hunter pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for an attempted carjacking in the city of St. Louis during which the victim was shot and killed.  Hunter was previously charged by criminal complaint on September 6, 2019. 

According to the plea agreement, on March 18, 2019, Hunter, accompanied by two co-defendants attempted to carjack James A. Sapone of his 2013 Ford Escape near the intersection of Cherokee and Iowa in the city of St. Louis.  A struggle ensued and Hunter shot and killed Sapone during the commission of the attempted carjacking. 

Cases for the two co-defendants are pending before the court. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Updated December 15, 2021

Violent Crime