For Immediate Release
St. Charles Felon Caught with Ammunition Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — U.S. District Judge Matthew T. Schelp on Wednesday sentenced a convicted felon accused of a 2021 shooting in St. Louis to 57 months in prison.
After watching video of the shooting and its aftermath and hearing from a St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department detective and a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Judge Schelp said it had been proven that Deantre Brown, 34, had fired into a crowd outside the Reign nightclub on Aug. 18, 2021.
Video showed the shooter leaving the scene and returning to a nearby parking garage with what appeared to be a gun. Evidence and testimony showed that the suspect used a key card belonging to the mother of Brown’s then-girlfriend to enter the garage and then leave in Brown’s Dodge Charger.
Brown, of St. Charles, pleaded guilty in October 2023 to two felony counts of being a felon in possession of ammunition. He admitted in his plea agreement that he was present at the shooting but disputed that he fired a gun. He did admit “both the power and the intention to exercise dominion or control over the ballistic cartridge casings” found at the shooting scene. He also admitted possessing ammunition in his vehicle when he was arrested on Sept. 22, 2021, at his parole officer’s office.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the ATF investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Szczucinski prosecuted the case.