Former St. Louis officer gets 366 days for 2017 assault

A judge has sentenced a former St. Louis police officer to 366 days in federal prison for his role in the beating of a fellow officer more than four years ago.

A federal jury in June convicted Dustin Boone, 38, of violating the civil rights of Luther Hall, who was undercover during police brutality protests in the fall of 2017.

The federal government had asked for the maximum sentence of 10 years, saying Boone found the beating entertaining, and had a history of assaulting suspects. Boone’s attorneys wanted a sentence of just over two years, citing his lack of criminal history and “a police culture of excessive force” that “permeated” the St. Louis department.

Senior judge E. Richard Webber did not explain why he levied a sentence of one year and one day that was less than what either side had requested.

Boone and three other officers — Bailey Colletta, Randy Hays and Christopher Myers — were charged in November 2018 with a series of felonies, including deprivation of constitutional rights, obstruction of justice, and destruction of evidence. A fifth, Stephen Korte, was indicted more than a year later.

All five officers are white. Hall is Black. Hall remains on the department’s payroll, but suffered serious injuries during the beating and has never been able to go back to work. He settled a separate lawsuit against the city in February.

Colletta pleaded guilty in September 2019 to lying to the grand jury, and spent two weekends in prison. She remains on probation, and had to do 200 hours of community service. Hays pleaded guilty two months later to a civil rights charge, and was sentenced to just more than four years behind bars. He is currently being held at a low-security facility in Mississippi, and is scheduled to be released in May 2025.

A jury deadlocked twice on a destruction of evidence charge against Myers, most recently on June 17. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported he will plead guilty in January to a misdemeanor civil rights charge and admit that he damaged Hall’s phone in exchange for probation. Korte was acquitted of all charges in March.

Boone, Colletta and Hays can no longer work as police officers in Missouri. Myers’ license is currently suspended, and he faces potential further discipline from the state. All four officers are no longer employed by the St. Louis department while Korte remains on the force.

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