St. Louis man sentenced nearly a decade in armed carjacking case

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ST. LOUIS – A federal judge sentenced a St. Louis man to nearly a decade in prison Thursday over an armed carjacking last year.

Demetrius Nettles, 49, previously pleaded guilty to one count of carjacking and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime in September.

The carjacking happened May 15, 2022, in the 4600 block of Dewey Avenue in the Dutchtown neighborhood.

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Investigators say that Nettles demanded the victim’s keys just before he pointed a gun at her stomach. He took off in the woman’s 2020 Hyundai Elantra, but authorities arrested him later on during a traffic stop.

In a letter to the judge, the victim said she had packed her car to go to a picnic and planned to offer Nettles a sandwich and a bottle of water as he approached her.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and FBI investigated this case.

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