Man wanted in shooting death of infant son had lenghty criminal history

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Diata Crockett is wanted in the shooting death of his 8-month old son and the abduction of two of his other children on Tuesday.  He remains at large.

Crockett’s lengthy criminal history was referenced by St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson during a Tuesday press conference. It spans more than 15 years. Online court records show the 34-year-old’s trouble with the law started in 2001 when he was arrested by St. Louis County police and charged with felony tampering.

With that case still unsettled, Crockett was arrested again in 2003 by St. Louis city police. Three years later he’d plead guilty to felony burglary, 3rd degree assault and property damage charges.

A judge sentenced Crockett to two and a half years in jail but execution of the sentence was suspended allowing him to serve probation.

Flash to September of 2010. That’s when Crockett was arrested by St. Louis County police on felony drug and weapons charges. He pleaded guilty to those charges and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Corrections officials tell us Crockett served six and a half months in prison before he got parole.

Two years later in January of 2013 the Department Of Corrections issued a warrant for Crockett’s arrest. It’s unclear at this point why the warrant was issued, but it was still active at the time of Tuesday’s incident.

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