This is what Wesley Bell declined to investigate,
“The accusations, laid out in detail in a 44-page indictment, centered around five schemes to “defraud and deprive the citizens of St. Louis County of their right to [Stenger’s] honest and faithful services,” as prosecutors put it in a release on Monday.
Stenger faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.”
This happened so fast. In less than a week Stenger was indicted, resigned and is scheduled to plead guilty this morning… I don’t think this is the end of this,
“Some legal experts said the short time between the indictment and the plea is not surprising, especially in public corruption cases.
“Ida Shafaie, a former Greene County prosecutor who now works at Armstrong Teasdale in St. Louis, agreed that the quick plea is likely an acknowledgement of the strength of the government’s case.
“The person who is pleading guilty may be doing so in exchange for cooperation and ultimately potential leniency in sentencing, or leniency in perhaps not facing additional charges,” she said.”
Stenger To Plead Guilty To Federal Corruption Charges
Updated at 3:30 p.m., May 2 with reactions from officials and legal experts — Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger will plead guilty on Friday