Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence the two brothers who admitted spraying bullets through a Mother’s Day second-line parade in 2013 in tandem with two of their other brothers, who have been convicted of other crimes.
The prosecutors argue that a combined sentencing will allow federal agents, witnesses and victims from several states to lay out the full breadth of violence attributed to the four siblings, all acknowledged members of the “Frenchmen and Derbigny” gang.
In a motion filed this week, the government asked U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle to set aside Feb. 3 to sentence shooters Akein “Keemy” Scott and Shawn “Shizzle” Scott, along with Stanley Scott and admitted FnD gang ringleader Travis “Trap” Scott.
Lemelle can go beyond the charged offenses to weigh “relevant conduct” in sentencing the four men, all of whom face 20 years to life in prison for their guilty pleas to federal racketeering and other charges contained in a wide-ranging indictment that once named nine defendants.
Travis Scott, 31, was the last to plead guilty, admitting in October to his leadership role in a conspiracy in which he and fellow FnD gang members committed frequent gun assaults as they sought to expand a foothold on heroin and crack dealing in the area around the Frenchmen Meat Market, their base of operations.
His admissions came a month after his three younger brothers entered their guilty pleas.
Authorities said Akein Scott, 22, and Shawn Scott, 26, were after an associate of the rival “Prieur and Columbus Boys” gang when they shot up the parade on May 12, 2013. Their purported target, identified in court papers only as “J.T.,” was shot five times, along with 19 paradegoers.
Gunshot residue tests turned up negative for J.T., indicating he didn’t return fire, court records show. At a barbecue afterward, Akein Scott was overheard saying on the phone, “Shawn’s stupid ass keeps falling down when he shoots,” according to the brothers’ admissions.
Travis Scott, who was living in Missouri at the time, admitted that after the melee, he “sought to intimidate witnesses who he thought were cooperating with police.”
A 24-count superseding indictment issued last December names the men in numerous attempted murders over six years, including “no fewer than five shootings that were committed by more than one of the Scott brothers,” according to the government’s motion this week. None of those shootings resulted in a death.
But in their request this week for a joint sentencing date, prosecutors with U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office said they would implicate Travis Scott, Akein Scott and Stanley Scott, 24, in the slaying of an unnamed victim on Feb. 3, 2012.
Police records show that the only homicide victim in the city on that date was James Gould, 29, who was killed at Annette and North Villere streets, seven blocks from the Frenchmen Meat Market.
The proposed sentencing date for all four men would fall on the four-year anniversary of that killing.
Lemelle had not ruled on the motion as of Friday.
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