Dangerous rhetoric and attacks on law enforcement do not just undercut the rule of law, they make Missouri more dangerous for all of us. Mistrust in our police officers and first responders makes it easier for liberal activists to enact policies that are soft on crime. We are keeping track of Missouri's most dangerous criminals who were given weak sentences and released from jail early. The criminals highlighted here went on to commit more heinous crime and wreak havoc on our state shortly after their release. Our communities can no longer suffer from the devastation that violent criminals inflict on them.

Missouri's Worst Convicts

  • Terrance Wesley

    Terrance Wesley

    NAME: Terrance Wesley

    LOCATION: St. Louis, MO

    CRIMINAL HISTORY: Wesley was sentenced to prison for burglary and domestic assault in 2010. After serving just four months, Wesley was released back onto the streets on parole. He returned to jail in 2013 and 2014. Shortly after his release, Wesley was charged with purposefully setting a car on fire in 2016.

    LATEST CRIME: Wesley was arrested for five counts of first-degree murder and attempted robbery and 10 counts of armed criminal action in July.

    SOURCE: Fox4 KC (7/9/19)

  • Anthony Watkins

    Anthony Watkins

    NAME: Anthony Watkins

    LOCATION: St. Louis, MO

    CRIMINAL HISTORY: Watkins was arrested in 2010 for drug possession. He was found with 23 bags of heroin and crack cocaine on his body after he attempted to resist arrest. Watkins was later released back into the community and finished his probation in 2016.

    LATEST CRIME: Watkins was arrested for five counts of first-degree murder and attempted robbery and 10 counts of armed criminal action in July.

    SOURCE: Fox4 KC (7/9/19)

  • Ronald Searle

    Ronald Searle

    NAME: Ronald Searle

    LOCATION: Crawford County, MO

    CRIMINAL HISTORY: Searle committed two felonies for aggravated domestic battery and unlawful possession of a stolen car in June. Searle was released into the community after posting $100 bail for his dual felonies.

    LATEST CRIME: Searle was drunk driving his pickup truck in August when he struck and killed a young father in Crawford County and was charged with second-degree murder.

    SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star (8/26/19)

  • James Waters

    James Waters

    NAME: James Waters

    LOCATION: Clinton, MO

    CRIMINAL HISTORY: Waters was first arrested and sent to jail in 1999 for second-degree robbery in Jackson County. In 2004, Waters was convicted for dealing drugs and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was caught dealing drugs again in 2008, and was sentenced to prison in 2014 for resisting arrest. In 2017, Waters was found with a stolen gun, meth, and marijuana after crashing his vehicle. He was released on bond.

    LATEST CRIME: In 2018, while on bond for his 2017 arrest, Waters shot three Clinton police officers, killing one of them. Waters ended up dying after the exchange.

    SOURCE: KSHB-TV (3/7/2018)

  • Antonio Taylor

    Antonio Taylor

    NAME: Antonio Taylor

    LOCATION: Ballwin, MO

    CRIMINAL HISTORY: In 2006, Taylor was arrested for second-degree robbery, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and eluding a police officer. In 2009, Taylor pled guilty to felony unlawful possession of a firearm, but was issued a suspended execution of sentence and probation instead of a six-year prison sentence. A year later, in 2010, Taylor was again arrested for possessing a firearm while being a felon, and he served 30 months in federal prison before being released back into the community. Taylor also has a history of domestic assault. In 2013, he was arrested yet again for possessing an illegal firearm and served a 15 month sentence before being released.

    LATEST CRIME: In 2016, Taylor was pulled over by a police officer for speeding. When the officer turned around to walk back to his patrol car, Taylor exited his vehicle and fired three shots. The officer is paralyzed from his injuries.

    SOURCE: KTVI (7/8/16)

  • Justin Sherman

    Justin Sherman

    NAME: Justin Sherman

    LOCATION: Kansas City, MO

    CRIMINAL HISTORY: In 2011, Sherman was arrested for fleeing police and endangering others. He also pled guilty to driving without a license. He was fined one dollar and given probation. Just three months later, Sherman was arrested for the exact same charges. Sherman also has been arrested for burglary, marijuana possession, and receiving stolen property.

    LATEST CRIME: In 2016, Sherman struck a police car while driving a stolen truck. Sherman drove away and led police on an hour long car chase. Sherman got out of the stolen truck and carjacked a maintenance worker, taking control of the second vehicle. Sherman was eventually caught by police and charged with robbery, two counts of tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, and driving without a valid license.

    SOURCE: KSHB-TV (12/21/16)

  • Javier Alatorre

    Javier Alatorre

    NAME: Javier Alatorre

    LOCATION: Kansas City, MO

    CRIMINAL HISTORY: In 2017, Alatorre was arrested for possessing 96 Xanax pills. Just four months later, he committed a felony when he led police on a dangerous chase at speeds over 100 mph. Alatorre failed to appear in court numerous times, but was continually released without paying bond. in October 2018, Alatorre was arrested again for driving in a stolen vehicle while possessing drugs. He led police on another dangerous chase. He was released into the community and once again failed to appear in court. A warrant was issued for his arrest. On September 9, 2019, Alatorre was shockingly released into the community without paying any bond.

    LATEST CRIME: On October 6, 2019 Alatorre walked into a Kansas City bar with an accomplice and opened fire. He killed four innocent people and injured five others. Alatorre was released from jail less than a month earlier while he awaited his court date at the time of the attack.

    SOURCE: KSHB-TV (10/18/19)

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