David Dewayne Scott Sentenced in MECC Incident

In today’s local news David Dewayne Scott, age 44 of Big Stone Gap has been sentenced on his September 2019 guilty plea to four felony counts of Possession of Firearm by a Violent Convicted Felon, Discharging a Firearm in a Dwelling, Grand Larceny and Reckless Handling of a Firearm, along with three misdemeanor charges consisting of Brandishing a Firearm, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.
Scott had been arrested at Mountain Empire Community College, after numerous witnesses stated that he had waved a pistol at a neighbor and then walked across a hill onto the campus. Students as well as faculty were evacuated safely before authorities finally managed to corner Scott at the maintenance building belonging to the college.
According to information provided by Chuck Slemp III, Wise County’s Commonwealth Attorney, convicted felon Scott had stolen a .380 semi-automatic pistol from a parked vehicle in Big Stone Gap. Scott later pointed the pistol at his sister before shooting out a window in a nearby home.
After the shooting, Scott fled into the woods near Mountain Empire Community College, which led to an immediate evacuation and lockdown of the campus until local law enforcement were able to corner Scott and arrest him. Local authorities involved consisted of Big Stone Gap and College Police, along with county deputies. Records show that Scott later admitted to investigators that he was under the influence of drugs.
Last Fall, Scott had pled guilty to numerous crimes including Possession of a Firearm by a Violent Felon, Stealing a Firearm, Brandishing a Weapon, Reckless Handling of a Weapon, Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Dwelling among those charges.
At his sentencing, Scott received a total of nineteen years in prison with twelve years of it suspended, and then ten years of supervised probation upon release. Scott will now serve seven years in prison.

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