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St. Louis man once described as 'urban Rambo' for alleged weapons stockpile sentenced

St. Louis man once described as 'urban Rambo' for alleged weapons stockpile sentenced

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ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis man once described as an “urban Rambo” due to an alleged stockpile of guns, bombs and booby traps was sentenced Thursday to 366 days in prison on a single federal gun charge.

Although he faced five gun-related charges at one point, David Michael Hagler, 54, pleaded guilty in November to a machine gun possession charge. He admitted that he once had a modified Glock 22 pistol that fired at least three rounds with each pull of the trigger, which falls under the federal definition of a machine gun. The gun was later modified back.

As part of the plea, both sides agreed to a sentence of 366 days in prison. Hagler has already served roughly 10 months in jail awaiting sentencing, and his lawyer, Matthew Radefeld, said that probation officials expected him to be released sometime after the hearing.

Hagler will then return to his two homes in the 1100 block of Howell Street, in the Baden neighborhood near Halls Ferry Circle, Radefeld said.

Those properties were the subject of two days of raids by the police and FBI last March, after two confidential informers claimed that Hagler had discussed plans to kill police and his ex-wife. They also said he had assault weapons, a sniper rifle and pipe bombs and may have rigged explosive booby traps at his house.

The search found no bombs or booby traps. Radefeld has dismissed Hagler’s statements as “just talk” and the informers’ claims as overblown.

He said that most of the guns that were seized belong to Hagler's relatives.

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