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Alorton village administrator pleads not guilty to lying to federal agents

Alorton’s village administrator has pleaded not guilty to lying to federal agents who were working with St. Louis police to determine why or how a vehicle registered to him was involved in a shooting in St. Louis.

Lamar Gentry, flanked by his attorney, Clyde Kuehn, of Belleville, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon on Wednesday morning on a federal charge of “obstructing justice,” which resulted from his not telling the truth to federal agents when they interviewed him.

On Sept. 19, some officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department were investigating reports of shots being fired from a car. The vehicle was described as a white Chevrolet Impala, a federal indictment said.

Sometime later in the evening, the officers spotted a car matching the description of the one they were looking for and they attempted to stop it, the indictment says. The car was located in the 8300 block of Page Boulevard in St. Louis.

The unnamed occupants inside of the car jumped out and fled on foot. Police ran the license plates and learned the vehicle was registered to Gentry as Alorton’s village administrator, the indictment said.

Federal agents with the Illinois Public Corruption Task Force assisted St. Louis police officers in their investigation to determine whether federal crimes had been committed to include the interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle and possible drug activity, according to the federal indictment.

Gentry was sentenced in 2007 to eight months in federal prison for income tax evasion.

Herndon set a trial date of April 2.