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St. Louis man sentenced 12 1/2 years for attempted robbery, gun charges

The man had his gun taken away by an employee after attempting to rob the gas station.
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ST. LOUIS — A U.S. District Judge sentenced a St. Louis man to 12 1/2 years in prison for an attempted robbery. 

Marshall Seals, 26, entered a Mobil gas station, located at 1051 Hampton Avenue, back on Jan. 11, 2021, attempting to buy merchandise. 

When he did not have enough money, he left the store only to return with a pistol. 

Seals pointed the gun at the employee and tried to load the pre-World War II-era gun. When the gun jammed, the employee reached for the weapon and a struggle ensued. Seals hit the clerk with a wine bottle but the employee eventually took the gun.

He left the store but then returned again, asking for his gun back. Seals left without the gun and his phone.

Police attempted to pull over Seals for a traffic violation on Feb. 22, 2021. He sped away but was eventually caught and arrested. Police found a loaded rifle in his vehicle.

He pleaded guilty in May to an attempted robbery charge.

Resources for crime victims:

If you have been a victim of a crime or know someone who has been, 5 On Your Side has compiled a list of resources.

Better Family Life is a nonprofit community development organization working to “stabilize inner-city neighborhoods.” One aspect of its mission is a gun violence de-escalation program.

To learn more, call 314-381-8200 or visit https://www.betterfamilylife.org/

Life Outside of Violence “helps those harmed by stabbing, gunshot or assault receive the treatment, support and resources they need to find alternatives to end the cycle of violence.”

To learn more, call 314-327-6697 or email: ProjectLOV@WUSTL.edu

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has an anti-crime program called “Safety Net for Youth Initiative,” which is a joint partnership with Saint Louis Public Schools to provide services to at-risk youth.

To learn more, visit https://www.ulstl.com/anti-crime-initiative.html

Cure Violence is an international organization that has recently launched in a handful of St. Louis neighborhoods. Violence interrupters are trained to deescalate violent situations within their own communities. To learn more, visit https://cvg.org/

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