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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Missouri

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Jeffrey B. Jensen
, United States Attorney

Felon Sentenced to 24 Months After Threatening Former Employer and Possessing a Firearm

St. Louis, Missouri –United States District Judge Rodney W. Sippel sentenced Christopher McKinney, 28, of St. Louis, to 24 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

According to the plea agreement, on June 24, 2019, officers from the St. Ann Police Department were called to the Freeman Foundation at 8499 Lackland Road for a former employee threatening management after having been fired.  McKinney was leaving the facility in a tan Infinity sedan with an expired plate when officers stopped the vehicle at 8316 Charlack Road.  When asked what happened, McKinney stated there was a verbal argument before he left the business.  Officers asked him if there was anything he had on him or in the vehicle that could hurt anyone.  McKinney stated there was a pistol on the front passenger seat and gave consent for officers to retrieve the pistol.  In plain view on the front passenger seat was a Ruger SR 45, which officers retrieved.

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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.  Assistant United States Attorney Edward Dowd handled this case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Kansas City Field Division