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February 22, 2005



Mario A. Scott Pleads Guilty to second-degree murder for the June 9, 2004 killing of Daniel Keith Jackson



On February 22, 2005, Mario A. Scott, 23, of Lynchburg, Va., pled guilty to second-degree murder for the June 9, 2004 killing of Daniel Keith Jackson. In exchange for his guilty plea, the Commonwealth agreed to a sentence of 40 years imprisonment with 19 years being suspended. Mr. Scott will serve an active 21-year penitentiary sentence.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Felmlee outlined the Commonwealth's evidence for Judge Mosby Perrow. On the night of the murder, many people had gathered at 1013 Pierce Street for a birthday party in honor of the defendant. During the party, the defendant became enraged at Mr. Jackson because Mr. Jackson had lost the defendant's handgun. After punching a hole the living room wall, the defendant and Carlton Hunter attacked Mr. Jackson. Both the defendant and Carlton Hunter repeatedly punched and kicked Mr. Jackson until Mr. Jackson fell to the floor.

After being removed from the house by other party guests, the defendant grabbed a vacuum cleaner off the front porch and re-entered the residence by kicking in the front door. Once back inside the residence, the defendant repeatedly slammed the vacuum cleaner down onto Mr. Jackson's head as Mr. Jackson lay on the ground defenseless. After being removed from the residence a second time, the defendant re-entered a third time and continued to beat Mr. Jackson.

Lynchburg Police arrived on scene within minutes of the attack, however Mr. Jackson died two hours later at Lynchburg General Hospital. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Roanoke, Va., determined the cause of death to be from blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

The defendant and Carlton Hunter were arrested two days later on June 11, 2004 in Greensboro, NC.

As a part of the defendant's sentence, the defendant is required to be of good behavior and keep the peace in all respects for a period of 40 years. Therefore, if the defendant were to get in any further trouble over the next 40 years, Judge Perrow has the option of imposing the 19 years of suspended penitentiary time to run consecutive to the 21 years the defendant is already serving.