Monday, January 14, 2013
The man was reportedly fleeing from police when he hit two men walking on the Poplar Street Bridge, killing one.
A Florissant man was sentenced to 14 years in prison for driving drunk and killing a man. Brandon Garcia, 27, reportedly struck a St. Louis man with his vehicle when he was driving drunk, according to a report from CBS. According to authorities, Garcia was fleeing from police in September 2011 when the accident occurred. Daunte Simmons, 26, and another pedestrian were walking along the Poplar Street Bridge in September 2011 when they were struck by Garcia’s vehicle. Simmons fell from the bridge and was killed. Garcia was sentenced on Friday in St. Clair County on charges of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. He will also simultaneously serve a 10-year sentence on a DUI related to the other victim, who was injured in the …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Khadeem Ratcliff faces prison if he violates the terms of his probation. Find out what he's got to do to remain free and weigh in with your take on the case.
A Florissant teen was sentenced for setting fire to several vehicles near his home last spring, according to a report from KSDK. Khadeem Ratcliff pled guilty to four counts of “knowingly burning” in October. The 18-year-old was sentenced to five years of supervised probation, and Judge David Lee Vincent also informed him that he would be responsible for restitution to the owners of the vehicles. Ratcliff was also ordered to attend regular mental evaluations, maintain full-time employment and to completely avoid contact with the victims. If he violates the probation order, he will be sent to prison. Read more about this case on Florissant Patch:
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The man was babysitting the child when he killed him.
Florissant resident Zachary Thomas Cook was sentenced to 22 years in prison in the death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son on Thursday, according to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The crime occurred in 2011. As Patch reported in 2011, on May 5, police responded to a report of an injury to a child in the 2400 block of Blue Heron in Florissant. The child suffered a head injury and was taken to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where he died from his injuries on May 8. The police investigation revealed that the child sustained the injuries after being shaken. The three-year-old as well as another young child were in the care of Cook at the time of the incident, according to Sgt. Kevin Boschert of the Florissant Police Department. …