St. Louis rapper sentenced to federal prison for gun possession

ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis rapper and accused gang leader has been convicted in federal court of gun possession.

Prosecutors for the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri said Arthur Pressley, who goes by the stage name 30 Deep Grimeyy or Grimeyy, was found a convicted felon in possession of a gun but had fake gun sales documents made to try conceal his crime.

Pressley and others were arrested on the night of January 5, 2021. They drove in a 2008 Pontiac G8. A St. Louis police officer stopped the Pontiac because the car had a taillight and had Jeep-registered license plates.

Searching the vehicle, police found a Beretta 92FS 9mm handgun between Pressley and another passenger.

After the traffic stop, Pressley sent texts to the gun’s original purchaser. Pressley asked this person to lie about his possession of the gun and to forge a bill of sale for one of the other people in the Pontiac.

On the first day of the trial in October 2022, Pressley produced a forged copy of the gun sales receipt. However, when the bill of sale was found to be a forgery, Pressley chose to plead guilty rather than proceed with the trial.

Pressley admitted to having the gun with him multiple times between October 4, 2020, the day after purchase, and the date of the traffic stop. Investigators also found images of Pressley and the gun on social media accounts owned by Pressley and his associates. The serial number on the gun in the photos matched the number on the gun found in the Pontiac.

As a convicted felon, Pressley was barred from owning or possessing a gun. He had previously been convicted of illegal use of weapons.

A US District Court judge sentenced Pressley to seven years and eight months in federal prison. St. Louis rapper sentenced to federal prison for gun possession

Sarah Y. Kim

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