ST. LOUIS, MO – U.S. District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig sentenced Michael Gladney to 112 months in prison today. The 44-year-old St. Louis, Missouri resident pleaded guilty, in January, to one count of armed robbery affecting interstate commerce and one count of brandishing a firearm in the furtherance of a crime of violence.
On March 19, 2018, Gladney and three other men entered Vincent’s Jewelers in Creve Coeur. Gladney and the others ordered the workers to the back of the business at gunpoint. Gladney and two others were armed with firearms and a fourth person was armed with a pipe.
One man discharged a firearm into the case and Gladney and another man used the pipe to smash the glass to gain access to and ultimately take several pieces of jewelry.
During the robbery, Gladney shot himself and left blood near a glass case as he ran away. A trail of blood led investigators outside to where a get-away vehicle was parked.
The Creve Coeur Police Department, St. Louis County Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. Special Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Szczucinski handled the case as part of the Safer Streets Initiative. The initiative was launched by Attorney General Schmitt and U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen in January of 2019 as an unprecedented state and federal partnership to prosecute violent crime in St. Louis.