Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

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HAZELWOOD > Charge says stolen guns sold to store * McKenzie R. Joplin, 23, was charged Tuesday with felony stealing for allegedly taking 23 guns from his father and selling them to the Cabela's store at 5555 St. Louis Mills Boulevard in Hazelwood. Cabela's, a chain of outdoor gear outfitters, paid the man a total of $4,966 for the guns, according to court records. The company buys and sells firearms.

Joplin, of the 2600 block of Brook Meadow Lane in O'Fallon, Mo., sold the guns over several months in 2015, police said, and told officers he needed the money to pay child support. His bail was set at $5,000.

In December, Joplin pleaded guilty of stealing in a St. Charles County case and was put on five years' probation with conditions that he pay restitution, live with his parents and be enrolled in school full-time or have a job.

LINCOLN COUNTY > Driver who killed two in '97 admits new crime * A man who was high on marijuana when he killed a youth minister and the minister's young son in a 1997 wreck pleaded guilty this week to a drunken-driving charge from a 2013 crash in Winfield.

Daniel Alan Ligue, now 36, of Winchester, will be sentenced Aug. 25 in the 2013 case, in which no one was injured.

Court officials said he pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of driving while intoxicated as a chronic DWI offender. They said he also pleaded guilty to misdemeanors related to the 2013 incident, including leaving the scene of an accident.

In the latest case, police said, an officer saw Ligue's car strike a large rock and sign and drive off. Police later said he was under influence of alcohol and methamphetamine.

Killed in the 1997 crash were James "Mike" Steck, 36, and Jeremy Steck, 7, and two family members were seriously injured. Jurors in that case found Ligue guilty of involuntary manslaughter and assault, and sentenced him to 10 years in prison. He later was jailed for parole violations, authorities said.

James Steck was youth minister at the New Salem Baptist Church, near Winfield. Authorities said that Ligue, then 16 and living in Foley, caused the deaths while smoking marijuana and joyriding with friends.

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