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Man sentenced to 100 years in prison also suspect in killings

On Tuesday, we told you about Jason Thomas Scott, a 28-year-old who faced at least 97 years for 11 felonies that included up to 50 burglaries and nine home invasions in Prince George's County. In one case, prosecutors said he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Greenbelt decided 97 years wasn't enough, and put him away for an even century. On top of that, Scott still faces a trial in the deaths of a mother and daughter who were found in a burning car in Largo in 2009.

Police said he used information he got from working at UPS to track down his victims. Authorities said he also stole guns and sold them on the street. Prosecutors called him a "professional criminal."

Today's Washington Post has some details from a news conference by the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office, which includes comments from one of his terrified victims. Here is a statement from federal prosecutors detailing the charges;

"According to testimony presented during Scott’s three week trial, Scott was interviewed in the presence of his attorney several times after his arrest and admitted that he committed 28 specific residential burglaries and nine armed home invasion robberies in Prince George’s County, including one home invasion during which Scott sexually assaulted a minor and took pornographic pictures of her.  Scott also admitted that he committed many other burglaries for which he did not provide details. Finally, Scott confessed to the robbery of a firearms store in Carroll County. The evidence showed that Scott started committing burglaries at a young age, then he graduated to home invasion robberies in 2008. Many of the crimes were committed with accomplices, but Scott committed some crimes by himself.

"Scott selected the homes to be targeted; observed the targeted homes to assess the number of occupants and the vehicles present; checked addresses, using internet searches and a database at the Landover UPS facility where Scott worked; cut phone lines to disable alarm systems; and gained entry through unlocked windows or by smashing glass windows and doors.   
"According to the evidence presented at trial, during the burglaries and home invasions, Scott wore dark clothing, a black balaclava mask and black Nike gloves, and he carried a black North Face backpack with a flashlight and various burglary tools.  Scott used a scanner with an earpiece to monitor police communications and police activity in the immediate area.  During the home invasions, Scott carried a handgun and wore a holster.  The evidence showed that Scott stole money; computers and computer accessories; flat screen televisions; firearms; safes; debit and credit cards; cell phones; and vehicles.  
 
"Evidence showed that Scott committed approximately 25 residential burglaries with Marcus Dermanellian Hunter, and occasionally used a vacant residential home in the 1100 block of  Drumsheugh Lane in Upper Marlboro, to divide stolen items with Hunter.
 
"Scott was convicted of charges relating to four residential home invasion robberies.  According to trial testimony, on September 23, 2008, Scott and Hunter broke a sliding glass door of a home in Upper Marlboro.  Once inside the residence, Scott, armed with a handgun, extensively beat and dragged a female victim through the house.  Scott forcibly dragged the  victim to a downstairs area where Hunter was holding her husband at gunpoint.  After obtaining two of their ATM cards, Hunter left the residence and withdrew money from their accounts at a nearby ATM machine. Scott remained in the residence and held the victims at gunpoint.  When Hunter returned, Scott and Hunter stole a 2007 Cadillac Escalade.     
 
"On April 3, 2009, Scott and Hunter entered a home in Bowie, Maryland, through an unlocked basement window.  Scott and Hunter found a husband and wife sleeping in an upstairs bedroom with their youngest child.  At gunpoint, Scott ordered the family, including their three children and a visiting cousin, into the children’s room.  After obtaining ATM and debit cards, Scott demanded the pin numbers from his victims and sent Hunter to withdraw money from their accounts at nearby ATM machines. Once Hunter returned to the residence, where Scott was still holding the victims at gunpoint, they stole various items, including a 2004 Mercedes S-500.
 
"On May 23, 2009, Scott and Terence Alexander Cooke broke into another home in Upper Marlboro, after breaking a basement window.  Once inside, Scott repeatedly kicked and beat a juvenile female at gunpoint, while pulling her from the upstairs hallway into a bathroom. Scott and Cooke also ordered the juvenile's mother into the same bathroom, then stole property including a handgun and a 2004 Lexus LS430.
        
"On May 26, 2009, Scott and Hunter broke into a federally licensed gun business in Woodbine, Maryland. Scott researched the dealer using the Choice Point database at Landover UPS facility where he worked part-time.  Scott and Hunter stole 39 firearms, including semi-automatic rifles, two machine guns, several handguns and six silencers. Testimony showed that on June 17, 2009, in the parking lot of the Landover UPS facility, Scott sold four of the firearms stolen from the firearms dealer to an individual who was cooperating with federal agents.

"According to trial testimony, Scott specifically targeted a 17-year old minor and broke into her home in Fort Washington, Maryland, on June 13, 2009, by throwing a cinder block through the rear patio door. Once he gained entry, Scott held a 12-year old girl at gunpoint with a handgun. When the child’s mother, 17-year-old sister and five-year-old brother arrived, Scott ordered them into a bedroom at gunpoint.  He then ordered the 17-year old female into a separate bedroom.  Scott brandished a firearm, ordered her to undress and placed a pillowcase over her head.  Once the minor female was nude, Scott touched the girl and forced her to pose while he photographed and videotaped her.
 
"On July 1, 2009, law enforcement personnel searched Scott’s residence and car and arrested him on firearms charges.  As a result of a series of search warrants, officers recovered evidence from Scott’s bedroom and car that included 16 stolen firearms, a North Face backpack, balaclava ski masks, Nike gloves, burglary tools, police radio frequency scanners, computers, computer storage devices, ammunition and holsters, and video and digital cameras.  The photographs and video of the young victim were found on storage media in his bedroom.
 
"Scott is charged in Prince George’s County Circuit Court with murdering Delores Dewitt and her daughter Ebony, whose bodies were discovered in March 2009 in a burning car in Largo, Maryland.  His state trial is scheduled to begin in October 2012.  
 
"Marcus Dermanellian Hunter, age 25, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty to two federal firearms charges and is awaiting sentencing.  Terence Alexander Cooke pleaded guilty to a state gun crime in Prince George’s County Circuit Court involving a home invasion robbery committed with Scott, and was sentenced to nine years in jail with all but five years suspended.

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