ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The city judge who sentenced a man who shot at police to only four years in jail refuses to explain her sentence.
Under the law, the judge does not have to talk about her sentencing. And Judge Calea Stovall-Reid isn’t talking.
Meanwhile, another gunman opened fire on cops last night.
Prosecutors had wanted 20 years in jail for the man who shot at two city officers with a semi-automatic rifle in October 2010. But city Judge Stovall-Reid only gave him four years.
FOX 2 tried to contact Judge Stovall-Reid about her sentencing the cop shooter to only four years. We never reached her, but we did get a statement from the 22nd judicial circuit.
“In keeping with the requirements of the code of judicial conduct it is the policy of the St. Louis City Circuit Court that judges do not publicly discuss particular issues or particular defendants in connection with any cases except in court room proceedings and in written orders.”
Police worry the light sentence might lead to more incidents of shots fired at police.
The latest incident happened Monday night on Harney Avenue in the north side’s Mark Twain neighborhood. Police spotted a car driving the wrong way down this street and as the car passed a police cruiser, someone stuck a gun out the window and fired at the cops.
At a vigil for victims of two unsolved street murders, Victoria White mourned her boyfriend, Lonnell Dortch, and wondered about thugs who will fire at anyone, even police officers.
Police meanwhile have arrested two men charged with shooting at the officer Monday night. Now they just have to wait to see what sort of sentence they might get.
Despite this criticism, Judge Stovall-Reid has been highly rated by judicial evaluation performance committees. And voters overwhelmingly returned her to office in 2004, 2008, and again last November.