St. Louis man sentenced to 25 years in prison for deadly 2019 carjacking attempt

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Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 1:49 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - A would-be carjacker was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in a shooting that left a man dead in 2019.

Jalen Simms pleaded guilty to attempted carjacking resulting in death on August 1. In June 2019, surveillance video captured Simms and another man stopped next to a 2012 Dodge Ram truck in the 3000 block of Rauschenbach Avenue. Investigators said Jabari Clark was asleep inside the truck outside his home when the men approached both sides of the truck and pointed handguns at him.

As Simms struggled to get Clark out of the truck, the other suspect shot Clark several times.

Clark collapsed on his front lawn where he died as the men ran away. Simms dropped a phone charging cord that had his DNA on it, officials said.

Simms was sentenced on November 2.