Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Courts Announce Streamlined Approach to More Types of Gun Crimes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Courts Announce Streamlined Approach to More Types of Gun Crimes

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ST. LOUIS * The St. Louis Circuit Court has formed a broader system of managing certain gun crimes, streamlining cases through three dedicated judges, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce announced Tuesday.

The system went into effect on Monday. Now, C and D felony gun crimes, which encompass more gun crimes than had been addressed in the previous gun docket, will be handled by Judges Steven Ohmer, Michael Stelzer and Timothy Wilson.

The judges had established a docket two years ago that handled a smaller number of gun cases. This docket will include crimes such as endangering the welfare of a child, dealing drugs with a gun and illegally possessing a gun.

In 2015, nearly 2,100 people were victimized by someone with an illegal gun, the circuit attorney's office said. And 178 people died from gun-related violence. …

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