United States v. Scott, No. 16-30300 (5th Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
Defendant and others opened fire at a second-line parade in New Orleans on Mother's Day 2013, shooting a rival gang member and 19 innocent bystanders. Defendant pleaded guilty to charges related to the shooting pursuant to a written plea agreement. The Fifth Circuit held that the Government did not breach the plea agreement by presenting evidence of an unrelated murder at sentencing; rejected defendant's claim that the Government's misleading statements and failure to disclose evidence rendered his plea unknowing and involuntary; and denied plaintiff's ineffective assistance of counsel claim without prejudice to collateral review.