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Man in 2019 MECC manhunt sentenced to seven years in prison

Mike Still • Feb 26, 2020 at 9:00 PM

WISE — The subject of a March 2019 manhunt across the Mountain Empire Community College campus will serve seven years in prison.

David Dewayne Scott, 44, Big Stone Gap, was sentenced on Friday after 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 and three misdemeanor charges of brandishing a firearm, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Scott was arrested on the Mountain Empire Community College campus after witnesses said he waved a pistol at a neighbor and walked across a hill onto the MECC campus. Students and faculty at Saturday classes were evacuated safely before Scott was finally cornered at the college’s maintenance building.

According to Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp III, Scott — a convicted felon — stole a .380 semi-automatic pistol from a vehicle parked on Lenora Road in Big Stone Gap. Scott pointed the pistol at his sister before shooting a window at a nearby residence.

Scott fled the shooting scene toward woods near MECC, which forced the evacuation and lockdown of the campus until county deputies and Big Stone Gap and college police arrested Scott.

Slemp said Scott later admitted to investigators that he was under the influence of drugs.

At Friday’s hearing, Scott received 19 years in prison with 12 years suspended and ten years’ supervised probation.

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