Demarcus Jontue Scales, 34, of Alexandria, LA, was one of six convicted felons sentenced in federal court this week. Scales was sentenced on Tuesday, by Senior U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell, to 44 months in prison for felon in possession of a firearm, which will run consecutively with his 15-year sentence imposed by the state for murder.
Judge Drell also ordered Scales to three years of supervised release following his federal prison confinement.
Scales pleaded guilty on June 25, 2019. On January 30, 2018, an Alexandria police officer was on patrol looking for two suspects related to an armed robbery that had occurred earlier that day. Officers noticed a male walking approximately one block from the location of the robbery who matched the description of one of the suspects.
The male, later identified as Demarcus Scales, began to run when he saw the marked police car and crawled under a vehicle. The officer pursued Scales and observed him throw an object toward the front of the vehicle. A Smith and Wesson revolver, Victory model, .38 caliber special, loaded with five rounds of ammunition, was retrieved from the ground.
Scales admitted that the firearm belonged to him and that he ran because he knew he had outstanding warrants. He also admitted that he knew as a convicted felon he was not supposed to have the firearm.
Scales has a long rap sheet that includes felony convictions for possession of marijuana, attempted possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, attempted illegal use of a firearm, possession of synthetic marijuana, firearm possession by felon, and manslaughter. Scales has been arrested multiple times for weapons possession, and has demonstrated his willingness to use them.