An East St. Louis man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after firing shots at a police officer. 52-year-old Gregory Nelson was sentenced this week to 50 years in jail for the attempted murder of an Illinois State Police Trooper who was attempting a traffic stop.
The incident took place on June 23, 2015, when the trooper conducted a traffic stop for suspicion of drunk driving on the entrance ramp to I-255 from State Street in East St. Louis. Authorities say Nelson exited his vehicle for a field sobriety test and pulled a gun firing at the trooper. The trooper returned fire, but neither person was struck and Nelson fled on foot. U.S. Marshals took Nelson into custody a few days later at an apartment in St. Ann, Missouri.