Brothers sentenced to life for Mother’s Day shooting that injured 20

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Four brothers and members of a 7th Ward gang were sentenced Tuesday for their roles in the 2013 Mother’s Day shooting that injured 20 people, including two 10-year-old children.

The shooting happened during the Original Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure Club’s annual second line.

Travis Scott, 31, Akein Scott, 22, fire into the parade crowd injuring 20 people, some seriously. Travis and Akein pleaded guilty last year. On Tuesday, there were sentenced to life plus 10 years.

Shawn Scott, 27, and Stanley Scott, 24, were sentenced to 40 years in prison with credit for time served, followed by 5 years of supervised release for their roles in the shooting.

The restitution to the victims will be determined at a later date.

All four brother pled guilty in 2015.

  • Travis pleaded guilty to four counts in the Third Superseding Indictment, including one shooting.
  • Stanley pleaded guilty to six counts, including perpetrating three shootings.
  • Shawn pleaded guilty to five counts, which included two shootings.
  • Akein pleaded guilty to eight counts of the Third Superseding Indictment, which included his perpetrating five shootings in New Orleans.
  • Akein and Shawn also pleaded guilty to the Mother’s Day shooting on May 12, 2013.
  • All four defendants pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to distribute over one kilogram of heroin.

According to court documents, the FnD gang was an enterprise engaged in racketeering under federal law. As members of this gang, Travis, Akein, Shawn, and Stanley conspired to commit numerous overt acts in furtherance of the gang’s activities.

Gang members sold illegal drugs, such as heroin and crack cocaine, and they committed acts of violence, including shootings.

FnD members often sold drugs in the Frenchmen Meat Market, a convenience store located at the corner of Frenchmen and North Derbigny Streets.

FnD members used intimidation, violence, and threats of violence to maintain the gang’s control over turf that extended from Elysian Fields Avenue, North Johnson Street, the I-10 Interstate Highway, St. Anthony Street, and North Claiborne Avenue.

Additional FnD members Jeremiah Jackson, Gralen Brown, Brian Benson and Richmond Smith, have previously pled guilty to gun and drug-related charges and are awaiting sentencing.

Crystal Scott pled guilty to drug-related charges and was previously sentenced to 120 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

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