For Immediate Release
Local Man Sentenced to 64 Years in Prison on Carjacking, Drug & Firearms Charges
St. Louis, MO – Darrell A. Scott was sentenced to 64 years in prison on multiple charges involving two local, armed carjackings, as well as unrelated drug and firearm charges.
According to testimony presented at trial, in the early morning hours of August 27, 2011, Scott and Carris King committed two armed carjackings in the areas of North Florissant Avenue and Zealand Street in the City of St. Louis, Missouri, less than one hour apart. During each of the carjackings, the unsuspecting victims were forced out of their vehicles at gunpoint. Scott and King used the vehicle taken during the first carjacking to commit the second carjacking. Shortly after the second carjacking, responding officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department observed Scott and King driving the vehicle taken during the first carjacking and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Scott and King fled at a high rate of speed, ultimately crashing the stolen vehicle into a vacant house. Scott and King flourished firearms at the officers as they climbed out of the stolen vehicle and escaped on foot. Officers later located the vehicle taken during the second carjacking abandoned nearby.
Scott was arrested by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department approximately two years later after officers received information of Scott’s involvement in the carjackings. At the time of his arrest, Scott was on bond from pending firearm and drug related charges arising out of an investigation beginning in September 2012, conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. During the course of that investigation, Scott sold to an undercover ATF Special Agent a total of approximately 14 grams of heroin and a firearm with an obliterated serial number. During four of the undercover buys, Scott was in possession of a firearm that he informed the ATF Special Agent he would not sell because he needed it.
Scott, 30, of St. Louis City, Missouri, pleaded guilty on April 16, 2015, to two felony counts of distribution of heroin, one felony count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and one felony count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime arising out of the ATF investigation. Scott proceeded to trial on the remainder of the charges on June 1, 2015, and was, thereafter, convicted of two felony counts of carjacking, two felony counts of brandishing firearms in furtherance of a crime of violence, and one felony count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He appeared Wednesday afternoon for sentencing before United States District Judge Henry Autrey.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.