HAMMOND -- A federal judge sentenced a Gary man to more than 51 years in prison
Monday for participating in a series of robberies to raise bond money for his
friends who were being held at the Lake County Jail.
Judge James Moody sentenced Charles Scott Jr., 25, to the maximum allowed under
federal sentencing guidelines for the three armed robberies that Scott was
convicted of in July 1999. Scott was also ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution.
Scott was the last of four men sentenced from a reputed gang that operated from
the Ivanhoe public housing complex on Gary's west side. Carl Buggs Jr., Drew
Carter III and Nathaniel Rimpson III also received long sentences. Prosecutors
linked four robberies to the men in 1997 and 1998 that yielded at least
Scott's attorney's, Fred Cohn of Chicago, argued his client's sentence was
unreasonably long when compared to other robbery sentences, especially in the
state court system. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Stewart said Scott and the
other defendants deserved long sentences because of their repeated disregard
for the law, particularly federal firearm statutes.
Stewart managed to prosecute Scott and the other men in U.S. District Court
after showing the robberies affected the interstate commerce needed to supply
the barber shop and three convenience stores.