Man convicted of Affton murder, auto theft conspiracy
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — A St. Louis County judge has convicted a man of a murder stemming from a carjacking plot in Affton three years ago.
Quentin Jackson, 40, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after pleading blind guilty to second-degree murder, armed crime and auto theft charges last year.
According to court documents, Jackson admitted to fatally stabbing Justin Leeman, 41, in the neck on Jan. 13, 2020 before stealing the victim’s car. It happened at Block 7900 of Hildesheim Avenue in Affton.
DNA recovered from the murder weapon, a knife, matched Jackson’s DNA. Police later found blood on Jackson’s clothing and in the stolen car.
“It appears that Justin Leeman dedicated his life to serving others, which made his loss even more devastating,” said St. Louis County Attorney Wesley Bell. “With this plea of guilt and jail time, at least his family and friends know who took his life and that he will be held responsible.”
In the case of a blind admission of guilt, there is no agreement with the state on a penalty recommendation. The St. Louis County Attorney’s Office recommended a 25-year sentence for these offenses.
The court imposed concurrent sentences on the charges. As a result, Leeman will be behind bars for the next 16 years.
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