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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Missouri

For Immediate Release

April 9, 2013

Richard Callahan, United States Attorney

Contact: Jan Diltz, Public Information Officer
(314) 539-7719

St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Carjacking & Weapons Charges

St. Louis, MO – Leon Jackson pled guilty involving the October 2010 armed carjacking in the City of St. Louis.

According to the facts filed with the court, on October 22, 2010, an individual was parked in front on his business in the 4100 block of Lee, in the City of St. Louis. He was sitting in his Dodge Durango when Jackson approached, pointed a semi-automatic weapon at him, demanded the keys to the vehicle or he would be killed. The victim and Jackson began to struggle over the firearm, and the victim eventually gave him the keys to the vehicle. While Jackson was driving away from the scene, the victim pulled his own firearm and shot at Jackson. During the struggle the victim sustained cuts above his eye and on the hand. A short time later Jackson was arrested in the Durango, later identified by the victim as the individual who stole his vehicle.

Jackson, 21, St. Louis, 63115, pled guilty to one felony count of carjacking and one felony count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of crime of violence before United States District Judge Rodney W. Sippel. Sentencing has been set for July 11, 2013.

Jackson now faces a maximum penalty up to fifteen years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000 on the carjacking charge; and seven years to life in prison on the firearms charge. In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

This case was investigated by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Tom Mehan is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.