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Felon Pleads Guilty for Possessing a Stolen Firearm with 30 Live Rounds

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

St. Louis, MO – Mikal Hamilton, 28, of St. Louis, MO, pleaded guilty to one felony count of felon in possession of a firearm.  Hamilton appeared in federal court this afternoon before U.S. District Judge John A. Ross who accepted his plea and set his sentencing date for December 5, 2019.

According to court documents, on January 15, 2019, members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department saw a vehicle driven by Hamilton commit a traffic violation.  When officers tried to stop the vehicle, Hamilton sped off at a high rate of speed before crashing.  Hamilton exited the vehicle and fled the scene of the accident.  After being apprehended, Hamilton told police he ran because was he had a stolen firearm in the vehicle he was driving.  The officers recovered a 40 caliber Glock firearm with an extended magazine loaded with 30 live rounds.

Hamilton faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a fine of not more than a $250,000.  He may be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum sentence greater than described.  In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department investigated this case.  Assistant United States Attorney Tom Mehan is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Updated August 30, 2019

Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime