Arrest records show Alton Sterling was not the “gentle giant” as portrayed by the media

// July 11th, 2016 // Politics and legal

Turns out Alton Sterling was not the "gentle giant" as portrayed by the media

The arrest records of Alton Sterling (aka Alton Bertell Sterlings) have been released and they don’t  do much to help his case nor support his aunt’s claim that he was a “gentle giant”.  Sterling was the 37-year-old black man who died at the hands of Baton Rouge police during an arrest for “brandishing a weapon”.  It appears as if Alton was well known to Baton Rouge police with arrests for battery, felony theft, burglary, unauthorized entry, domestic abuse, felon in possession of a firearm, failure to register as a sex offender (he was a convicted sex offender), and more.  Below is Alton Sterling’s complete arrest record.

Alton Sterling Offenses

  • Simple battery (dismissed) (Nov. 24, 1996)
  • Simple battery – dismissed (Oct. 28, 1997)
  • Simple burglary of inhabited dwelling (May 5-15, 2005) request for arrest warrant
  • Felony theft (May 5-15, 2005) request for arrest warrant
  • Simple burglary (amended to illegal possession of stolen things – guilty plea) (May 24, 2005)
  • Aggravated battery (amended to simple battery – guilty plea) (March 6, 2006)
  • Simple criminal damage to property – guilty plea (March 6, 2006)
  • Unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling (amended to disturbing the peace – guilty plea) (March 6, 2006)
  • Expired driver’s license (March 21, 2008)
  • Driver’s license issue (hard to read document) (2008)
  • Domestic abuse battery – pleaded guilty (March 31, 2008)
  • Illegal carrying weapons with controlled dangerous substance – pleaded guilty (May 29, 2009).  According to the arrest record, a policeman was “wrestling with the defendant on the ground and a black semi auto gun fell from his waistband”
  • Felon in possession of a firearm – dismissed (May 29, 2009)
  • Contempt of court – (Aug. 10, 2009) – Guilty plea
  • Fail to use seat belt (Feb. 5, 2014)
  • Fail to renew registration (Feb. 5, 2014)
  • Failure to comply with sex offender registration (Aug. 11, 2015) – Forfeiture
  • Possession of a schedule 1 drug, (April4-5, 2016) – no conclusion
  • Possession of marijuana first offense. (April 5, 2016) – no conclusion

Arrest – probable cause affidavits

  • Trespassing (Aug. 25, 1996)
  • Damage to property (2 counts) (Aug. 25, 1996)
  • Criminal mischief (Aug. 25, 1996)
  • Illegally possess weapon (Aug. 25, 1996)
  • Aggravated burglary (Aug. 27, 1996)
  • Public intimidation, 2 counts (April 24, 2000)
  • Carnal knowledge of a juvenile (September 20, 2000) – victim was a 14-year-old girl
  • Criminal damage to property (March 4, 2006)
  • Simple robbery (March 4, 2006)
  • Theft under $500 (March 4, 2006)
  • Possession of marijuana (March 4, 2006)
  • Misrepresentation during booking (March 4, 2006)
  • Simple battery (March 4, 2006)
  • Aggravated burglary (March 4, 2006)
  • Resisting an officer by force (May 29, 2009)
  • Possession marijuana (May 29, 2009)
  • Possess stolen things (May 29, 2009)
  • Possess firearm with drugs (May 29, 2009)
  • Simple assault (May 29, 2009)
  • Offense too illegible to read in the record (May 29, 2009)




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