Shooter gets maximum 415 months for firing 10 shots into acquaintance

Friday, July 14, 2017

A 40-year-old man was sentenced to more than 34 years in prison for shooting a man 10 times last year, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday.

Chris Scott, AKA Marcell Scott, was sentenced to the longest possible sentence recommended by the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines. Hennepin County District Court Judge Gina Brandt handed down the sentence Monday in the second-degree murder of 30-year-old Travis Washington.

Hennepin County prosecutors argued for the maximum sentence, citing the senselessness of the killing and the particular cruelty of shooting the Washington 10 times in the privacy of his own home. Scott’s attorney asked for the lowest sentence of 295 months. Judge Brandt handed down the 415 months sentence after the victim’s mother, three sisters and his godfather gave emotional victim impact statements.

About 11:10 p.m. on June 16, 2016, police were called to a shooting at a home at 35th and Knox Avenues North. They found Washington on the floor in a pool of blood, shot in both legs, his back and his face. Scott and another man drove to Washington’s house but Washington and Scott soon began arguing. Scott pulled out his gun, which he was prohibited from having because of a previous felony, and started shooting. A jury convicted Scott in May.