Man convicted in St. Louis County 2019 fatal shooting sentenced to life without parole

Anthony Tate was convicted in a 2019 homicide in St. Louis County.
Anthony Tate was convicted in a 2019 homicide in St. Louis County.(St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office)
Published: Jan. 13, 2023 at 4:34 PM CST|Updated: Apr. 14, 2023 at 8:28 AM CDT
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV) -- Today, a man convicted of a 2019 shooting murder was sentenced to life in prison without eligibility for parole. He also received 15 years in Division 12 of St. Louis County Circuit Court.

On January 12, a St. Louis County jury convicted 27-year-old Antony Tate of murdering a man who was in his vehicle on Lewis and Clark Boulevard in 2019.

“This conviction and sentence make it clear that gun violence will not be tolerated in St. Louis County, and I pray that Mr. Simmons’ family and the other victims find some solace in this verdict and sentence,” said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell.

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced Tate was convicted of nine felonies, including first-degree murder and four counts of armed criminal action. Tate was recorded on video surveillance footage getting out of the vehicle used in the homicide at a gas station minutes after the shooting. Cell phone records also put him in the vicinity of the shooting at the time it occurred.

Timothy Simmons died in the shooting, and two other people were seriously injured.

Tate was arrested following the Dec. 12, 2019 shooting in the getaway vehicle, the attorney’s office said. He had a gun that matched the ballistics in the case.

Tate’s additional convictions were unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, and two counts of assault.