Man with alleged plan to commit federal crime is arrested

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A man who authorities say had plans to rob and murder a wealthy lawyer has been arrested in nearby Granite City. The suspect is said to have had plans to extort money out of the wealthy man and then kill him by electrocuting him in his hot tub.

The man with alleged plans to commit these federal crimes has been charged with attempted extortion by threatening physical violence. Depending upon the strength of his criminal defense, this charge could be punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and as many as 20 years in jail.

The man apparently spoke to an acquaintance from work about his plans to commit …

Police chief pleads guilty to theft charges in federal court

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The former police chief in East St. Louis recently pleaded guilty in federal court to theft charges after he was accused of stealing video game systems. Although he is obviously familiar with the law, he has likely sought legal advice from someone familiar with federal criminal law.

Michael Baxton Sr. has only served as the East St. Louis police chief for a few months, but resigned from his post on Jan. 18. Prior to being hired in East St. Louis, Baxton was the Alorton police chief.

According to authorities, police officers that worked for Baxton in Alorton told federal officials that the police chief was potentially …

St. Louis man says he is innocent of drug crimes

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A St. Louis man is facing federal criminal charges for allegedly owning and operating land that was used for drug transactions. The 44-year-old man originally purchased 330 acres of land to hold music festivals, naming it Camp Zoe. Although a trial date has been set, the man argues that he is innocent of any drug offenses.

Federal officials conducted an investigation for four years, and claim to have purchased drugs at Camp Zoe more than 100 times. They insist that the landowner profited from the sales of cocaine, marijuana, LSD, psychedelic mushrooms, Ecstasy and opium.

The 44-year-old landowner was originally charged in June. He asked for …

Missouri man will spend 27 years behind bars for drug conviction

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Missouri man will spend nearly three decades behind bars after a conviction on various drug offenses and weapons charges.

The 50-year-old man was found guilty of the crimes in October. According to the news source, police found crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia in the man’s home in September 2009. A loaded revolver was also found in the home.

The man was sentenced to 27 years in prison. The man is considered an armed career criminal, which officials say contributed to the lengthy prison sentence.

If the man serves his entire prison sentence, it will be 2039 when he is released. Obviously, a prison …