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22-Year Old Felon-In-Possession Sentenced to 92 Months

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of North Carolina
Tried to flee from police

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A Winston-Salem man was sentenced on September 29, 2020, by United States District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles to 92 months in prison and three years of supervised release for a firearm offense, announced United States Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin of the Middle District of North Carolina.

DARRIAN SYLVESTER SCOTT, JR., age 22, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. He pleaded guilty to the charge on May 15, 2020.

According to court documents, on January 7, 2020, Winston-Salem Police Department (WSPD) officers conducting routine patrol in an unmarked police vehicle in the area of Piedmont Circle initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by SCOTT, JR. He tried to flee, first driving the car over a curb and through grass toward apartment buildings. He then got out of the vehicle while it was still moving and fled on foot. The car continued in drive until it struck an apartment building on East Twenty-Ninth Street. WSPD officers chased and apprehended SCOTT, JR., then returned to the vehicle where they observed a firearm in plain view wedged between the driver’s seat and middle console. The firearm – a Glock, model 22, 40 caliber, with an extended magazine -- was loaded with 24 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition. SCOTT, JR. was previously convicted of Common Law Robbery with an offense date of 10/09/2016, and given an active sentence of 10-21 months. SCOTT, JR. was also convicted of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle with an offense date of 08/28/2017, and given an active sentence of 11-23 months.

“We will continue to join with our local law enforcement partners to aggressively investigate and prosecute gun crime,” said U.S. Attorney Matt Martin. “I commend the Winston- Salem Police Department and ATF for excellent work in this case.”

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Updated October 1, 2020