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Suffolk Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Role in the Murder of a Federal Witness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14 , 2013

           NORFOLK, Va. – Leroy Scott, 50, of Suffolk, Va., was sentenced today to life in prison for conspiracy, witness tampering, retaliation against a federal witness and the use of a firearm resulting in the murder of a federal witness.
Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Special in Charge, Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Washington Division Office, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Mark Davis.
Scott pleaded guilty to the charges on August 16, 2013.  According to court documents, Scott was a very high level cocaine dealer who conspired to prevent Junior Bivins, Jr. and other individuals, from testifying in a court proceeding that related to his and his associates’ drug distribution activities, their weapons violations and other criminal offenses.  Scott also sought retaliation by hiring men to kill Bivins and two others in Hopewell and Petersburg for providing information to law enforcement officers, which resulted in the first degree murder of Bivins in November of 2001 in Suffolk, Virginia.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Suffolk Police Department and is part of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation “Dealer’s Choice.”  Assistant United States Attorney Laura Everhart prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.

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