Man sentenced to 7 years in UMSL MetroLink shooting death

Djion Oates

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for fatally shooting a man on a light rail train near the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Djion Oates, of Berkeley, admitted through a plea deal to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter in the April 2017 death of 22-year-old Jesse Boone. He also pleaded guilty to armed criminal action and unlawful gun possession. The sentence was imposed earlier this month.

Police say Oates and Boone were involved in an argument that led to the shooting on a MetroLink train as it approached a stop near the university. Oates was on probation at the time for robbery.

His attorney said he believed Oates was the victim of an attempted robbery and was defending himself.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch