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Local Man Pleads Guilty to Charges Involving an Armed Assault on Arch Property

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

St. Louis, MO – Kilwa Jones, St. Louis, MO, pleaded guilty on multiple charges involving the September 25, 2015, shooting of Christopher Sanna, as well as the robberies of both Sanna and his companion, Lisa Simpson. The robberies and the assault occurred near the Old Cathedral in the northbound lanes of Memorial Drive, which is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

According to court documents, on September 25, 2015, at approximately 10:30 p.m., victims Christopher Sanna and Lisa Simpson were walking back to their car, which was parked on the Old Cathedral parking lot, after attending a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game.  Kilwa Jones confronted them with a High Point make, C9 model, 9mm semi-automatic pistol and demanded their property.  As the victims attempted to ignore Jones and walk toward their vehicle, Jones shot Sanna in the back, forcibly grabbed Simpson’s purse and rifled the pants pockets of Sanna as he lay paralyzed on the ground.  Jones then jumped into a car and drove away.  

Jones pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon while on federal property, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, two counts of robbery while on federal property and the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Under the plea agreement, Jones faces a penalty of up to 35 years in prison and/or fines of up to $250,000 on each count.  Sentencing has been set for October 6, 2016.

This case was investigated by the detective bureau of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney John Bird is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Updated July 12, 2016

Violent Crime