Salem man in two-day standoff with feds pleads guilty
Wednesday, November 21, 2001
ST. LOUIS -- A south-central Missouri man pleaded guilty Tuesday to drug and weapons charges that followed a two-day standoff with federal agents in September.
James Schwartz, 43, of rural Salem, entered the guilty plea in federal court to charges of methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He will be sentenced in February and could face up to life in prison.
Schwartz was arrested Sept. 8 when 20 federal agents stormed his rural home nearly 48 hours after the standoff began.
During the seige, a dozen negotiators had failed to reach Schwartz despite using bullhorns, a telephone and robots equipped with audio and visual capabilities. About 100 officers -- some with U.S. Customs -- surrounded the home throughout the standoff.