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US attorney seeks vacation of conviction, sentence

The U.S. attorney in St. Louis is seeking to have a man’s conviction for a drug-related crime 12 years ago vacated because the conviction was based on testimony from a police officer now known to be corrupt.

U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan filed a motion in federal district court on Wednesday that also seeks to vacate the 20-year prison sentence for Stephen Jones.

Jones was convicted in 1998 of possessing nearly 80 grams of crack cocaine. He received the 20-year sentence in part because of a long criminal record.

The government’s case was based largely on testimony by St. Louis narcotics detective Vincent Carr. In 2009, Carr pleaded guilty to five felony charges for misconduct and cover-up related to a police drug raid in 2008.