Two Violent Gunmen Sentenced to Federal Prison
BATON ROUGE, LA – United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin announced today that District Judge Lance Africk sentenced TIMMY SCOTT a/k/a “TIMOTHY SCOTT,” a 24-year-old resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and KADEEM BURDEN, a 23-year-old resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to 120 months each in federal prison following their conviction of possessing a firearm by a convicted felon. The Court further sentenced SCOTT and BURDEN to 3 years of supervised release following their term of imprisonment and ordered that the firearms be forfeited.
On February 26, 2019, after a two day trial before visiting U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk, a jury unanimously convicted SCOTT and BURDEN. As the evidence at trial demonstrated, on October 2, 2017, SCOTT and BURDEN initiated a shooting on Iroquois Street that was witnessed by a Baton Rouge City Police officer, who pursued SCOTT and BURDEN into a residential area. A K-9 team assisted and found two firearms discarded under a house, a 7.62 caliber Century Arms semi-automatic AK rifle style pistol, and a 9mm Smith and Wesson pistol. Also recovered were two Halloween style masks and two cellular phones. Forensic testing by Louisiana State Police Crime Lab and a Pittsburgh, PA., private laboratory positively matched SCOTT to DNA recovered from one of the masks and matched BURDEN’s DNA to the trigger and grip of the AK rifle style pistol. The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab was also able to match the fired 9mm cartridges recovered from the shooting location to the recovered pistol. The BATF and FBI executed search warrants on the phones and linked them to SCOTT.
U.S. Attorney Fremin stated, “The defendants’ actions of possessing illegal firearms and shooting in a residential area earned each defendant a maximum 10 year sentence. My office and our prosecutors stand ready to enforce our nation’s gun laws and continue to pursue the most violent and dangerous offenders in our community.”
This matter is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Baton Rouge City Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Lyman Thornton III and Fred Menner.