Former St. Louis prosecutor admits covering up officer’s assault on handcuffed suspect

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ST. LOUIS • A former St. Louis prosecutor admitted in federal court Monday that she helped cover up a city police detective’s assault on a handcuffed suspect that included beating him and shoving a “pistol down the guy’s throat.”

In her guilty plea to a felony charge of misprision of a felony, Bliss Barber Worrell, 28, of Clayton, admitted failing to tell supervisors and a judge what she knew, and helping file a bogus charge against the man in custody. The term misprision relates to aiding someone in covering up a crime.

Although the charge carries a potential penalty of up to three years in prison, prosecutors and Worrell’s lawyer agreed to recommend 18 months on probation. U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey will have the final say.

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