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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Friday, March 10, 2017

Convicted Felon Sentenced to 140 Months in Prison for Robbing Fast Food Restaurant


This case is one of many brought as a result of the United States Attorney’s Office

Metro-East Armed Robbery Initiative

Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Courtney P. Scott, 47, was sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois to 140 months in federal prison, 5 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $300 special assessment for charges stemming from an armed robbery which occurred at Jack in the Box in Swansea on March 27, 2016.

Plea and sentencing evidence showed that around 7 a.m. on March 27, 2016, Scott entered Jack in the Box in Swansea with a loaded .38 caliber revolver and demanded money from the restaurant manager. As Scott waited for the timer on the safe to expire, an employee was able to covertly call 911 for assistance. Police arrived and surrounded the restaurant as employees fled out the back door. Scott eventually surrendered to police and was taken in to custody. Scott was previously convicted of armed robbery in 2008.

The investigation was conducted by the Swansea Police Department with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the O’Fallon Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laura V. Reppert.


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Updated March 13, 2017