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Washington, Missouri, Man Sentenced For Role In 2011 Murder Conspiracy

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

St. Louis, MO – SCOTT ALAN COMPTON, of Washington, MO, was sentenced to five years imprisonment for his actions that resulted in the April 22, 2011, death of Jamie Benson of Houston, TX.  In February, Compton pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine.  Compton was sentenced October 9 by United States District Court Judge Audrey G. Fleissig
According to court documents, in early April 2011, Compton, along with co-defendants Lodgy Jackson and Andreus O’Bryant, among others, joined in a conspiracy that included robbing and murdering victim Benson within the City of St. Louis after luring Mr. Benson from Houston to St. Louis.  Compton was recruited by O’Bryant to act as an individual interested in purchasing over 500 grams of cocaine from Mr. Benson for an inflated price.  Compton played that role.  In doing so, Compton, along with O’Bryant and Jackson, convinced Mr. Benson that a drug transaction was going to occur when, in reality, O’Bryant, Jackson and others intended to rob Mr. Benson of the cocaine and murder him. 

In the early morning hours of April 22, 2011, Jackson shot and murdered Benson inside O’Bryant’s vehicle that was parked in a St. Louis alley.  Jackson and others abandoned Benson's body in the alley where it was later discovered by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.  O’Bryant, Jackson and others undertook significant efforts to cover-up the conspiracy and destroy evidence of the crime -- but were ultimately unsuccessful.

O’Bryant and Jackson have previously pleaded guilty for their crimes and await sentencing.  Each faces a term of imprisonment of up to life.  In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

This case was investigated by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the United States Marshals Service; the Franklin County Sheriff's Department and the St. Charles County Police Department.

Updated March 19, 2015