Criminal Sentencing and Punishment

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    John Wesley Jones: Guilty Plea Reveals New Details in ATM Solutions Robbery

    St. Louis Metropolitan Police DepartmentJohn Wesley Jones​ John Wesley Jones appeared in court this afternoon to enter guilty pleas to armed robbery and related firearms charges in a record money heist last summer in St. Louis. According to court documents, in the early morning of August 2, four ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Kurtis Neely: Former Track Coach at St. Joseph Academy Pleads Guilty to Soliciting Child Porn

    The U.S. Attorney's Office reports that Kurtis W. Neely, a former girls track coach at St. Joseph's Academy in Frontenac, pleaded guilty in court in Kansas City today to attempting to receive child pornography over the Internet. Kurtis, 32, who now resides the western Missouri town of Raymore, admi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    James Kornhardt and Steven Mueller: Life in Prison in Murder-for-Hire Cold Case

    James Kornhardt​Today's news is somewhat anticlimactic. When they were found guilty in June for murder, the charges required that they be sentenced to a minimum of life in prison. Still, today's sentencing of James Kornhardt and Steven Mueller to life prison terms brings final closure to a murder- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Alton Teen Sentenced to Six Years for Torturing, Killing Pregnant Woman

    Image viaDorothy Dixon​​LeShelle McBride, 18, was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for her part in the January 2008 torture death of Dorothy Dixon, 29. Five others were also sentenced in the murder, including McBride's mother and 12-year-old brother.Dixon was a developmentally disabled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    James Kornhardt: Former Mehlville Fighter Convicted in Murder Plot of Danny Coleman

    Kornhardt was paid for the murder from the victim's life insurance policy.​Eighteen years after the fact, the family of Danny Harold Coleman finally got some justice. Yesterday a federal jury convicted James K. Kornhardt and Steven A. Mueller of conspiracy to commit murder for hire and murder fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Joseph Miller: Latest Missourian to Be Confined Indefinitely After Serving Prison Sentence

    Purgatory or Farmington, Missouri?​Joseph J. Miller isn't going to garner sympathy from most folks, and I'm certainly not defending the man. Still, I think it's curious how people like him can remain incarcerated in Missouri after they've served their so-called "debt to society." As the Missouri A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Don C. Weir Locked up at Medium-Security Penitentiary in Illinois, Not Satellite Camp

    ​Many readers have been asking: Where in the world is Don C. Weir, the Town & Country financial advisor who stole $12 million in precious-metal coin investments from dozens of clients? (Check out our feature, "Plot of Gold"). According to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator page, Mr. Weir is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Owner of Bar "Club TV One" Now Has Lots of Time To Watch Television -- In Prison

    ​A Kirkwood resident was sentenced today to 60 months in prison after pleading guilty in October to transporting stolen property and possessing a mere 418 pound of marijuana in his East St. Louis nightclubRobert Williams, 46, ran a nightclub in the Central West End that closed shop in 2008 only to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    The Justice System is On Crack

    Image Via​In the '80s, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin thought he was leading the charge in the war on drugs. He advocated significantly stiffer sentences for possession of crack than for powder cocaine -- to the point that, to this day, it still takes 100 times as much powdered booger sugar to trigg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Scary Numbers Part II: Man Has 11 Kids, Gets 13 Years In Jail, For Selling 62.4 Grams of Crack​A week ago we crunched the numbers on Christopher Elders, the 30 year-old Affton man who posed as a 17 year-old in order to sodomize a 14 year-old girl. The criminal testing our math skills this time around is Lewis Lawson of East St. Louis. Lawson, 32, was sentenced t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Belleville's Fingernail Bandit Gets 28 Years in Prison

    staging.ksdk.comTajuan Lampkin​Tajuan Lampkin was sentenced to 28 years in prison yesterday for breaking into the home of 75-year-old woman in Belleville, stealing $20 and forcing her to trim her nails to get rid of evidence. Lampkin, 22, is a serial marauder charged with forcing his way into the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    South City Real Estate Swinder Pleads Guilty to Fraud

    Robert Douglas Hartmann pleaded guilty to bank and mail fraud charges stemming from his now defunct real-estate firm DHP Investments, U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway announced today.Hartmann's DHP Investments was once involved in the rehab of hundreds of homes and buildings in the metro area -- part ... More >>

  • News

    January 28, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008

    Floyd Irons' Mortgage Fraud Saga: The End

    Former Vashon High School coach Floyd Irons, one of Missouri's most victorious high school basketball coaches, and his former confidant and booster Mike Noll, were sentenced to federal prison Monday, along with mortgage broker John Mineo Jr., thus closing the book on a real estate fraud case that ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008

    Floyd Irons' Mortgage Fraud Saga: The End

    Former Vashon High School coach Floyd Irons, one of Missouri's most victorious high school basketball coaches, and his former confidant and booster Mike Noll, were sentenced to federal prison Monday, along with mortgage broker John Mineo Jr., thus closing the book on a real estate fraud case that ea ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 19, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 12, 2007

    Timothy Krajcir: Inside the Mind of a Serial Rapist and Murderer

    As might be expected, Timothy Krajcir, who authorities announced earlier this week has confessed to nine cold-case killings in Missouri, Illinois and one other jurisdiction, did not have a good childhood. “His lack of stability was accentuated by a mother who he describes as cold and unaffectio ... More >>

  • News

    December 5, 2007


    Pugnacious defense attorney Frank "Tony" Fabbri never backed away from a fight. Then the lawyer ran afoul of the law.

  • News

    June 13, 2007

    "You're the Greatest, Asshole!"

    The Mexican explains a Mex-centric phenomenon.

  • Film

    May 10, 2006

    Barred Bard

    Who knew Shakespeare was so good at rehabilitation?

  • News

    May 3, 2006

    How Does It Feel?

    Recent lawsuits puncture the veil of secrecy surrounding lethal injection

  • Film

    March 22, 2006

    Suspended Sentence

    After Innocence probes life after a wrongful conviction

  • News

    October 12, 2005

    Numb and Number

    Legal challenges shed light on Missouri's lethal-injection protocols

  • News

    February 23, 2005

    Life After Death Row

    From maximum security in Potosi to a bungalow in Maplewood: The odyssey of Rabbit, a.k.a. Robert Driscoll

  • News

    December 29, 2004


    Week of December 29, 2004

  • News

    December 15, 2004

    Uncomfortably Numb

    Lethal injection looks painless and peaceful. On Missouri's death row, appearances can be deceiving.

  • News

    May 26, 2004

    All the Jail's a Stage

    Missouri inmates are performing tales of murder, greed and insanity -- and learning how to leave their old lives behind

  • News

    February 18, 2004

    Where's Dora?

    Former St. Louis corrections chief Dora Schriro has moved on to a more high-profile controversy

  • News

    October 29, 2003


    Week of October 29, 2003

  • News

    October 15, 2003

    Dying to Get Out

    Some inmates tell horror stories about healthcare at the women's prison in Vandalia. Some didn't live to tell their tales.

  • News

    October 8, 2003

    The Case of the Vanishing Videotape

    A workhouse inmate claims he was wrongly beaten, and city officials scramble to get their stories straight

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003
  • Film

    August 20, 2003

    Habitat for Inhumanity

    The "asylums" depicted in The Magdalene Sisters undermine both the Catholic Church and the popular image of Ireland

  • News

    December 25, 2002

    Behind Closed Doors

    Once open to the world, Missouri's death row is now secret

  • News

    August 7, 2002

    Zen and the Art of Evasion

    An alleged rape points to big workhouse problems

  • News

    July 24, 2002

    Serial Tiller

    When it comes to ripping people off, John Tiller and the Civil Rights Legal Defense Team just keep going and going

  • News

    July 10, 2002

    So Long, Joe

    While Joe Amrine waits to die, Missouri courts won't admit they may be wrong

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2002

    Brother's Keeper

    David Kaczynski talks about the decision that tore his family apart

  • News

    March 6, 2002

    Getting What You Pay For

    Blame for problems at the workhouse goes all the way to the top

  • News

    February 20, 2002

    Empty Promises

    Missouri has been pouring millions into prisons that aren't being used. But stay tuned: If politicians have their way, there will be plenty of inmates to go around.

  • Culture

    February 6, 2002

    Captive Audience

    The Prison Arts Project helps local inmates present a mesmerizing Hamlet

  • News

    January 23, 2002

    Solitary Man

    Lifer Bill Herron knew exactly how to get out of jail -- until 16 years ago, when the Missouri Department of Corrections locked him in solitary

  • News

    January 9, 2002

    Fallen Angel

    Angela Coffel, the first woman in Missouri deemed a sexually violent predator, is locked up despite overwhelming evidence that she isn't one.

  • News

    December 26, 2001

    Taking No Prisoners

    Missouri maintains a spotless record at Bonne Terre facility

  • News

    December 5, 2001

    Hard of Hearing

    The city was slow in adopting a jail-suicide expert's advice

  • News

    November 7, 2001

    Unlucky Seven

    Faced with an unprecedented rash of inmate suicides, St. Louis was slow to respond. Now there's a new jailhouse boss in town.

  • Film

    August 29, 2001

    Dirty Work

    A tale of prison gardeners is this summer's sweetest feel-good comedy

  • News

    August 29, 2001

    Blooper Max

    Another security breach surfaces at Illinois' superexpensive supermaximum prison

  • News

    March 28, 2001

    Hard Luck, Hard Time

    Donald Thweatt was once ready to fight for his country. Now he's fighting for his freedom.

  • News

    February 28, 2001

    They've Got the Wrong Martyr

    Tragic as his story might be, convicted killer isn't living in a perfect world

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