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St. Charles woman who tried to disarm officer gets 7-year sentence

St. Charles woman who tried to disarm officer gets 7-year sentence


ST. CHARLES • A 30-year-old woman was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday for trying to disarm a police officer who was trying to arrest her.

In December, Desiree Inez Freshwater, of the 2400 block of North Eighth Street, pleaded guilty to felony resisting arrest and a misdemeanor account of assaulting a police officer.

She also pleaded no contest to two other felonies: assaulting a law enforcement officer and attempting to disarm a police officer. Under that arrangement, she did not admit guilt but conceded the prosecution had enough evidence to secure a conviction.

St. Charles police went to Freshwater's home in June 2013 to stand by as she was moving items from the home. She allegedly did not follow police directions, and officers then told her several times that she was under arrest, according to court documents.

She started to leave, and when one of the officers tried to grab her arm, she started kicking at him, police said. When a second officer assisted, Freshwater began biting and kicking him, police said.

Freshwater continued resisting, and she grabbed the first officer's handgun and started to remove it from the holster, police said. The officer was able to peel her hands off the handgun's grip and put it back in the holster.

According to court documents, Freshwater has an arrest history that includes three counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance, two counts of assault and two counts of driving while intoxicated.

Her sentence was handed down by Circuit Judge Jon Cunningham.

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