Clinton Man Jason Scott Pedro Sentenced to Seven Years for Possessing a Firearm and High-Capacity Magazines

(STL.News) – Jason Scott Pedro, 37, of Clinton, has been sentenced to 84 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing.

On April 16, 2019, a federal grand jury indicted Pedro for possessing a firearm on February 7, 2019, during a traffic stop.  In particular, he possessed a lower receiver of an AR-15-style rifle, along with five loaded high-capacity magazines.

Pedro pleaded guilty on June 25, 2019.

On November 14, U.S. District Judge David L. Russell sentenced Pedro to 84 months in prison, an upward variance from an advisory sentencing guideline range of 51 to 63 months.  Pedro will be required to serve three years on supervised release after his prison term. This sentence was based, among other things, on the nature and circumstances of the offense and the need to protect the public from further crimes of the defendant, whose criminal history includes two offenses involving domestic violence.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Clinton Police Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary E. Walters, it is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and re-entry programs for lasting reductions in crime.