For Immediate Release
Maximum Sentence Removes Violent Felon From Savannah Neighborhood
Conviction as felon with a firearm nets 10-year sentence
SAVANNAH, Ga: A Savannah man has received the maximum federal prison sentence after his conviction for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Hosea Scott, 39, was sentenced to 120 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge R. Stan Baker, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Scott, who was convicted after a jury trial in June, also was sentenced to serve three years of supervised release after completion of his sentence. There is no parole in the federal system.
Scott’s arrest occurred in March 2018 after the police initially responded to a 911 call regarding a domestic dispute. Scott fled the scene before police arrived and was apprehended a short time later in possession of a loaded 9mm pistol equipped with a high-capacity magazine.
“Convicted felons are prohibited from possessing firearms at any time - period,” said Southern District of Georgia U.S. Attorney Bobby L. Christine. “We are committed to prosecuting repeat criminals who fail to get this message, and will work to ensure that gun crimes will bring hard prison time.”
The value of this type of case can be measured in human lives,” said Beau Kolodka, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). “This case involved illegally possessed firearm in the hands of a criminal. It demonstrates the cooperation that exists between the Savannah Police Department and ATF."
The case was investigated by the Savannah Police Department and the ATF, and prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer Kirkland and Frank Pennington.