Former security officer pleads guilty to federal crimes

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A former part-time security officer at St. Louis City Hall recently admitted to committing a federal crime. The 45-year-old man pleaded guilty to a federal racketeering conspiracy charge and to destroying evidence of a robbery.

In June, the man was among 21 individuals who were indicted for their alleged involvement with a biker group referred to as the “Wheels of Soul.” The man admitted that he destroyed the membership patch of a rival St. Louis biker group after the patch had been stolen at gunpoint in 2009.

The man is a licensed police officer in Missouri and was not a member of the biker group when he was hired by the St. Louis marshal’s office to take on a position as a part-time security officer. His attorney indicated that he has not been involved with the biker group since his marriage.

The man will be sentenced on May 1. His sentencing will depend on the seriousness of these acts and also on his criminal history. He could be looking at more than four years in prison.

No matter how his final sentencing plays out, this situation will likely have a definitive and lasting impact on this man’s life, on his future employment prospects and possibly even on his marriage.

In situations such as this, it may be wise for those who are charged with a crime to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can work to protect an individual’s rights while preparing an aggressive defense against the charges.

Source: STLtoday, “Former security officer at St. Louis City Hall pleads guilty in outlaw biker case,” Robert Patrick, Feb. 2, 2012