Man sentenced to 20 years for opening fire on SWAT team

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 25 at 5:54 PM

 (KMOV) – A St. Louis man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing at a SWAT team in a standoff in 2012.

In March, authorities were executing a search warrant at Steven Haywood’s house when he opened fire on the members of a SWAT team. Haywood shot at officers who returned fire.

It was later discovered a 2-year-old child was in the home when the gun battle took place. The child was not hurt.

Once Haywood was in police custody, officers found a stolen gun, drugs, and a large sum of money in the home.

Haywood was sentenced to prison after being convicted of three counts of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, resisting arrest, sale of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property.

The Assistant Circuit Attorney recommended a 25-year sentence but the Circuit Court Judge imposed a 20-year sentence for Haywood.

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