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Felon Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison

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

St. Louis, Missouri –United States District Judge Ronnie L. White sentenced Leavie Morris, 30, of St. Louis, to 57 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

According to the plea agreement, on August 24, 2019, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officers received a radio assignment regarding an armed man with a black shoulder bag, who was firing shots in the area of 11th Street and Salisbury in the City of St. Louis.  When officers arrived in the area, they saw Morris in a nearby Phillip 66 parking lot with a black shoulder bag.

When officers asked Morris to show his hands, he turned away from the officers and fled.  An officer pursued him. Morris continued to ignore multiple commands from the officer.  Eventually, the officer tased Morris but he continued fleeing and resisting.  When Morris finally fell to the ground, he again continued resisting and reaching toward his bag.  After handcuffing Morris, officers recovered a .40 caliber Glock 23 Gen 4 semi-automatic pistol with an extended twenty-two round magazine from the black shoulder bag.  There was a round in the chamber of the pistol.  The extended magazine was also loaded. 

At the time defendant possessed the aforementioned firearm, he knew he had been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year.

This case was investigated by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Updated June 18, 2020

Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime