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St. Louis Felon Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison After Being Caught with a Gun

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

ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge John A. Ross on Wednesday sentenced a convicted felon from St. Louis, Missouri to 15 years in prison after he was caught with a handgun.

Doctavious Pegues, 39, pleaded guilty in September to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He admitted that on Oct. 7, 2021, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to reports of a domestic disturbance in the 3700 block of Phillips Place. They were speaking with Pegues’ girlfriend when multiple gunshots were fired in a nearby gangway. 

Police found Pegues hiding in a bedroom closet at his aunt’s house in the 3600 block of Winnebago, one block away. Officers found a Canik 9mm semiautomatic pistol on the landing of the home’s rear stairwell and multiple spent 9mm cartridge casings in the gangway. Pegues’ fingerprint was found on the pistol.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Martin is prosecuting the case.


Robert Patrick, Public Affairs Officer,

Updated December 13, 2023

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