East St. Louis man pleads guilty to murder in Madison

Deneshion M. Swope
Deneshion M. Swope

An East St. Louis man has pleaded guilty to murder in the death of a Collinsville man who was going to sell him drugs.

Deneshion M. Swope, 26, of East St. Louis, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of first-degree murder. He was charged with killing Jarrett D. Mosby, 21, of Collinsville, as Mosby sat in his car on Dec. 23, 2013.

Madison police were called to the intersection of Second and Bissell streets at 12:44 p.m. that day, where they found Mosby’s body inside his car. Mosby was pronounced dead at the scene, and the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis was activated to investigate the killing.

Police determined that the two men had agreed to meet in Madison that morning so that Swope could buy marijuana from Mosby. Mosby picked up Swope, but the two men got into an argument near 10th and State streets, and Swope then shot Mosby seven times. Police alleged that Swope then moved the car to the intersection where it was found.

Mosby was a senior majoring in business at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He had returned to the metro-east to visit his young son during the school’s winter break when he was killed, according to the Associated Press.

Swope faces 20 to 60 years in prison and will have to serve 100 percent of his sentence. Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Mudge intends to seek a sentence of 40 years, according to Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons.

Swope remained in custody Tuesday at the Madison County Jail. He will be sentenced by Associate Judge Neil Schroeder after a pre-sentencing investigation by the Madison County Probation Department.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald