Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

East St. Louis Man Caught on Video Firing at Trooper Gets 50-Year Term

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

East St. Louis Man Caught on Video Firing at Trooper Gets 50-Year Term

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ST. CLAIR COUNTY * A man from East St. Louis was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years in prison for attempted murder of a state police officer.

Gregory K. Nelson, 53, was convicted of the attempted murder charge and of aggravated discharge of a firearm after a dashboard camera recorded him shooting at a state trooper during a traffic stop in June 2015.

Trooper William Owen pulled Nelson over for a traffic stop about 11:30 p.m. June 23 near the northbound entrance ramp to Interstate 255 from State Street in East St. Louis. Owen had spotted Nelson driving without his vehicle lights on, St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said.

Owen smelled alcohol during the stop, Kelly said. He suspected Nelson was intoxicated and asked him to get out of the vehicle for a sobriety test.

Nelson exited the vehicle, pulled out a gun and fired a single shot at Owen, according to Illinois State Police. …

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