(STL.News) – nUnited States District Judge Henry E. Autrey sentenced Charles Kates, Jr., to 75 months in prison following Kates Jr.’s plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
On April 28, 2019, Kates, Jr. and two others went into a St. Louis residence intending to rob a man of drugs and money. The intended victim, who is also a co-defendant, was in his bedroom counting money from drug sales when he heard Kates, Jr. and the others outside. The intended victim left his residence and got into an altercation with Kates, Jr. and his associates.
Both sides fired shots. The intended robbery victim received 14 gunshot wounds and dragged himself through his yard to a car. Kates, Jr. was also shot in the ankle during the gunfight. Kates, Jr. dropped his firearm on the sidewalk as he and his associates left the scene. The firearm was found unloaded, Kates, Jr. having shot all the ammunition it contained.
Police searched the intended robbery victim’s house and found marijuana, crack, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, a fentanyl precursor and $5,682 in cash. Kates, Jr. was identified as being a part of robbery plot by his blood being found on the firearm he dropped on the sidewalk.
On July 23, 2019, police recovered a carjacked vehicle parked outside Kates, Jr.’s residence, which contained a loaded semiautomatic AR-style pistol. In the overnight hours of July 21-22, 2019, security cameras captured Kates, Jr. firing that weapon in the air in his residential neighborhood. On August 13, 2019, police executed a search warrant and seized another AR-style pistol under a couch where Kates, Jr. was sleeping.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Jason Dunkel is handling the case.