St. Louis Area Man Pleads Guilty to Interstate Transportation of Stolen Vehicles
St. Louis, MO – JONATHAN CURTIS pled guilty to charges involving his sale of stolen vehicles to out of state buyers.
According to court documents, in December 2014, Curtis obtained a 2011 Nissan Maxima which had been stolen from its lawful owner in the Eastern District of Missouri. On February 21, 2015, Curtis sold the vehicle to a purchaser from Michigan for $9,000. In April 2015, Curtis obtained a stolen 2007 Cadillac Escalade that had been taken from a car dealership located in the Eastern District of Missouri. Curtis had a duplicate key made to enable the sale of that stolen vehicle to an individual in Fairview Heights, Illinois, for $13,000 on April 9, 2015.
Curtis, of St. Louis City, pled guilty to two felony counts of interstate transportation of stolen property before United States District Judge Ronnie L. White. Sentencing has been set for March 10, 2016.
Each count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. In determining any actual sentence imposed, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Gwendolyn Carroll is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.