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New Britain Man Who Shot Girlfriend and Her 2 Children Sentenced for Federal Gun Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JERMAINE SCOTT, also known as “Maine G,” 39, formerly of New Britain, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 57 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in the morning of March 29, 2017, New Britain Police responded to a residence in New Britain after a report that Scott had shot and seriously wounded his girlfriend and two of his girlfriend’s children at the residence.  The victims subsequently reported that Scott, who was lying in bed, became angry when he thought the children were being too loud as they were getting ready for school.  After an argument ensued, Scott retrieved a gun from behind the headboard of the bed, chased his girlfriend’s 17-year-old daughter into the bathroom and shot her in the stomach and thigh.  He then shot his girlfriend’s 12-year-old son in his leg, and then his girlfriend in her stomach.  Scott then fled the residence.

All three victims survived their injuries

Investigators conducted a search of the residence and recovered a .40 caliber pistol, four spent .40 caliber bullet shell casings, and more than 63 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition.

Scott was apprehended in Middletown on September 18, 2017.  On May 16, 2019, he pleaded guilty in New Britain Superior Court to three counts of assault in the first degree.  On July 24, 2019, he was sentenced to a 30-year term of imprisonment, no portion of which is suspended.

Scott has a criminal history that spans 20 years and includes convictions for firearm, drug, burglary, larceny and other offenses.

It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

On September 4, 2019, Scott pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Scott’s federal sentence will run concurrently with his state sentence.

This matter was investigated by the New Britain Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Updated December 18, 2019

Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime