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Judge sentences previously convicted felon for illegal possession of a firearm

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

ST. LOUIS – Pierre Phenix, 30, of St. Louis, Missouri appeared before United States District Court Judge Henry E. Autrey on today’s date and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.  Phenix previously pleaded guilty to the charge of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm in July 2021.  


On March 31, 2021, Phenix was arrested in St. Louis County, within the Eastern District of Missouri, while possessing a firearm.  On that day, police were surveilling Phenix to arrest him on active warrants, and to take custody of three minor children who were supposed to be in the custody of the Children’s Division. Police surveilled Phenix, waiting for him to exit his vehicle so that police could arrest him without endangering the children. 


As Phenix arrived at a car wash and exited the vehicle, police stopped him and arrested him.  He was carrying a handgun in his left armpit.  Security camera footage from the car wash showed that when he exited the vehicle, the handgun was in his right pant pocket, with its extended magazine protruding from his pocket.  Once he exited the vehicle, the security footage shows him remove the handgun from his pocket and place it in his armpit, between his left arm and torso. When police arrested him, they seized the firearm.  A search of Phenix’s car led to the discovery of 4.5 grams of crack cocaine and a spare 50-round drum magazine for the handgun.


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

Updated January 5, 2022

Firearms Offenses