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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Terrence James Earl Scott, 20, of Pensacola, pled guilty yesterday afternoon to carjacking while armed with a handgun, announced Pamela C. Marsh, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

On August 2, 2010, the carjacking victim had been unpacking his rental car at the Howard Johnson motel on Pensacola Boulevard, when Scott approached him and asked to borrow his cellular phone. Scott next asked for a cigarette, and the victim handed him one. Moments later, Scott pulled out a silver handgun and instructed the victim to empty his pockets. The victim told Scott he did not have anything in his pockets. Scott replied, “I will shoot you, man.” Scott struck the victim’s head with the gun, then told him to start the car and open the car trunk. The victim complied. When Scott ordered the victim to get inside the trunk, the victim refused, fearing he would be killed. Scott jumped into the car and drove away.

A little more than 24 hours later, on Wednesday, August 4, Scott crashed the stolen car and abandoned it in a back yard in a residential area, while being pursued by Escambia County sheriffs deputies. Scott fled the car on foot and was captured by the deputies within minutes of the crash. The handgun Scott had used in the carjacking was found behind the driver's seat of the rental car.

Scott’s sentencing is scheduled for July 19, 2011, before Senior United States District Judge Roger Vinson. Scott faces a maximum of 15 years’ imprisonment for carjacking and a mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years’ up to life imprisonment for using a firearm in furtherance of that offense. The 7-year sentence must be served consecutively to the carjacking sentence.

U.S. Attorney Marsh praised the work of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, whose joint investigation led to the conviction in this case.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David L. Goldberg.

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