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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 5, 2017

Two Bloods Gang Member Brothers Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court, One For Committing A 2005 Murder

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that brothers BURNELL SCOTT, a/k/a “B.U.,” and BURCHANTI SCOTT, a/k/a “Napp,” were sentenced in Manhattan federal court today. BURCHANTI SCOTT was sentenced to 11 years in prison for distributing heroin, while BURNELL SCOTT was sentenced to 25 years in prison in connection with the 2005 drug-related murder of Kason Pinnick, a/k/a “Marijuana” (“Pinnick”) in Paterson, New Jersey. U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain imposed both sentences.

 

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: “As they admitted in their guilty pleas, Burnell and Burchanti Scott, brothers and longtime members of the Bloods street gang, distributed heroin and used violence to protect their drug distribution territory. Burnell Scott in fact shot and killed Kason Pinnick over a territorial dispute in Paterson, New Jersey. Today, each brother was sentenced to the lengthy prison term their crimes merit.”

 

BURCHANTI SCOTT previously pled guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin.

 

BURNELL SCOTT previously pled guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin.

 

According to the indictments and the felony information previously filed in Manhattan federal court, and public information:

 

BURNELL SCOTT, a long-time member of the G-Shine set of the Bloods street gang, was arrested on October 30, 2013, in Paterson, New Jersey. On February 24, 2016, SCOTT pled guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, from 2005 through 2014. SCOTT admitted that, as part of the charged narcotics distribution offense, he and his co-conspirators were engaged in an ongoing dispute concerning, inter alia, drug distribution territory in Paterson. In connection with that ongoing dispute, on or about September 28, 2005, SCOTT encountered Pinnick in the vicinity of Twelfth Avenue and East 23rd Street, in Paterson. SCOTT pulled out a firearm, and discharged multiple rounds at Pinnick at point-blank range, striking Pinnick in the head, and killing him.

 

BURCHANTI SCOTT, the brother of BURNELL SCOTT and a high-ranking member of the Fruit Town Brims set of the Bloods street gang, who used violence or the threat of violence to protect his drug distribution territory, was writted into federal custody on March 18, 2014, from the New Jersey Department of Corrections, where he was incarcerated. On August 17, 2016, BURCHANTI SCOTT pled guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin, from 2012 through 2014.

 

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Mr. Kim praised the outstanding investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) Safe Streets Task Force, Newark Division, the Paterson Police Department, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, the Clifton Police Department, and the New Jersey State Police.

 

The Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit is overseeing the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justina L. Geraci is in charge of the prosecution.

Press Release Number: 
17-163
Updated June 5, 2017