Prosecutors ask for 3-4 year federal prison sentence for Steve Stenger

An attached memo from the St. Louis County Council tells the judge that Stenger always put himself first, created division and his behavior had a devastating impact on the county

Kevin Killeen
August 02, 2019 - 4:08 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger faces sentencing next week, after pleading guilty to a bribery scheme involving political donors. 

In a pre-sentencing memorandum, the U.S. Attorney's office asks the judge to lock up Stenger in federal prison from 37-to-46 months--a term of about three-to-four-years.

"Stenger's criminal conduct calls for a significant sentence," the memo says.

Defendant Steve Stenger Sentencing Memorandum by EntercomSTL on Scribd

The document says Stenger used his position to reward political donors with contracts and grants, "as if they were his own personal thank you gifts."

It also says he required subordinates to take actions that were illegal and unethical, many times with the threat of losing their jobs.

The document contains transcripts of secretly-recorded quotes of Stenger, including several dealing with his support of the Better Together Merger plan and his dreams of becoming the region's first Metro Mayor.

"The only thing that's really going to kill these guys (St. Louis County Council members) is what's coming in 2020. I'm telling you, we all need to embrace the f---out of this. Embrace it. I mean embrace it. We've got to pray that we pass this f---ing thing... This answers a lot of our f--ing problems Who wants to do another term with these people? I'd rather wipe them out."

The memo also delves into Stenger's efforts to try to get then St. Louis County Council Chairman Sam Page fired from his outside job, as retribution for Page's opposition to Stenger's moves before the council.

"I'm going to meet with the head of (Page's Employing Hospital) and let him know what's goiong on with Sam. I think he already knows, but I'm gonna tell him, look man, there's nothing personal, but this is gonna get real personal with Sam over the next two years, so you may not want him at your f--ing place any more. Get him fired. I'm serious, too. It's serious. I'm gonna f--ing unload on this guy, professionally..."

Page went on to replace Stenger as County Executive after Stenger was indicted and quit. 

An attached memo to the judge, signed by Page and several members of the County Council says Stenger always put himself first, created division and his behavior had a devastating impact on the county. 

Stenger's formal sentencing is set for Friday, August 9. 

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