Man Who Shot Random Motorists Gets Less Than 1 Year In Prison

A Henry County judge gave the minimum possible to a gunman who went on a two-day rampage, firing at random vehicles.

Henry County, MO – A man who went on a two-day rampage, firing a shotgun at multiple random motorists, was given the most lenient sentence possible by a Henry County Judge.

John Robert Scott, 27, said he was high on methamphetamine at the time of the attacks and that he simply felt like shooting someone, according to a press release from the Office of the Henry County Prosecutor, KDKD reported.

Now, he will be spending less than one year in prison.

The incidents began on May 4, 2017 when Scott fired his shotgun at a 16-year-old boy who was driving his pickup near the intersection of Southeast 550 Road and W Highway, the press release said.

The teen’s truck was suddenly hit by three shotgun blasts that shattered his passenger side window.

A day later, a woman and her stepson were driving southbound on 13 Highway when a man in a nearby pickup began making threatening gestures at her, according to the press release.

The suspect sped off, but the woman spotted the same truck parked alongside Z Highway a short while later.

As she drove by, a masked man opened fire and the woman’s vehicle was hit five times, according to prosecutors.

Less than a half hour later, a 22-year-old motorcyclist noticed the suspect’s pickup on the shoulder of Z Highway and stopped to see if the driver needed help.

The Good Samaritan was approaching the truck when he saw the driver grab a shotgun, the press release said.

Scott fired at the motorcycle and hit it in the gas tank.

The victim fled as Scott fired additional blasts at his retreating figure, striking him in the legs, arms, and back with pellets, prosecutors said.

The motorcyclist was treated for his wounds at a local hospital

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) later issued a bulletin asking for the public’s assistance in locating Scott.

Scott was named as a “person of interest” in “several current criminal investigations, to include unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, and assault,” according to a post on the sheriff department’s official Facebook page.

The gunman was eventually arrested and charged with unlawful use of a weapon by shooting a motor vehicle for the attack on the woman and her stepson, according to the prosecutor’s press release.

He faced up to 15 years in prison for that offense.

Scott was also charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon for shooting the motorcyclist, the press release said.

He faced a potential prison sentence of 15 years for that incident.

Prosecutors never charged Scott in connection with the May 4, 2017 attack on the 16-year-old boy.

Henry County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Shields noted at Scott’s May 23 sentencing hearing that the attacks could have easily killed some of his victims.

Shields urged Henry County Circuit Court Judge James Journey to impose a 30-year sentence by running Scott’s terms consecutively, according to the press release.

Meanwhile, Scott’s public defender asked the judge to impose the minimum sentence, which amounted to three years for armed criminal action, and concurrent probation sentences for the remaining slew of charges.

Journey sided with the defense, and imposed the minimum sentences possible for each offense charged, the press release said.

The judge also gave Scott credit for time served prior to sentencing.

Prosecutors said that meant the gunman will serve less than one year in prison before he is released on probation.

Comments (23)
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Mig Alley
Mig Alley

This asshat will be in the news again and soon. Maybe that judge will be driving by the next time or his lawyer? Could we be so lucky?

LynnSB
LynnSB

Well so here we have yet another Judge who has FAILED the American Citizens -- He should be REMOVED and Disbarred Immediately !!

And lets just hope that When this ANIMAL does this again -- the Judge (Henry County Circuit Court Judge James Journey) Run's into him while he's randomly -- SHOOTING PEOPLE and sees \ FEELS it up close and Personal

IGNORANT POS Judge !!!

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

During my time as an LEO I found that the MOST violent, Sadistic and Animalistic crimes where people are harmed or property is damaged the MOST were mainly perpetrated by Meth Heads. We need to address the REAL problem here,,and I do NOT mean GUNS. This poison is coming over our borders by the Kilo, BUILD THE WALL

Danimyl
Danimyl

And when he does it again the Judge should be charged with aiding and abetting

61mouse
61mouse

Maybe NEXT time he'll hit the judges vehicle

Rngrsfan
Rngrsfan

Its sad to know that a repeat offender can get less prison time then a first time offender. Especially with some of those charges. Thank God I dont live in that state!!!! 😡

Browndog
Browndog

Sad to say this is the court room I work in daily and as the Victim Advocate on this case, my emotions are still running high to say the least.

rmbr343plus1000s
rmbr343plus1000s

What are these judges so afraid of? I just don't get it.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

We’ll see when one day one of these scumbag criminals do something to someone or something that has a direct affect to a judge. In other words, a judges friend, family, property gets hurt killed or damaged, then you know these judges will be calling each other telling them their sob story, then all of a sudden it will be an issue and these crimes won’t be walking so soon.

Hawk3699
Hawk3699

Judge Journey---Asshole. Hope your citizens can vote his sorry ass out of office. What a disgrace.

jerry 8842
jerry 8842

This Judge should be one that was shot at, then He may have a different view on this situation. one second thought judge get off the bench you do not belong here. I agree that the judge should be charged with a crime when this clown does this again or something worse. (Retired law enforcement officer).

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

He should have been charged with offenses such as assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and any other law on Missouri books for someone who does what he did. That way his minimum sentence would have at the least likely have been longer. And that judge needs to GO. Has Missouri a Board of Judicial Disabilities which could remove him from the bench?

Ephraim U
Ephraim U

Isn’t the judge’s address available for sharing with this guy’s Friends?

Bstn
Bstn

No one seems to care about the victims of these criminals, meth is not an excuse to commit violent crimes, wherez the justice for these 4. Victims? This Jydge should be forced to work traffic ticket hearings only for the ret of his pathetic career.

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

The media, when posting these news worthy events, should give the judges' names and addresses. These judges are putting all of our families lives at risk by giving out a ridiculous sentence. Maybe then they will think about their own family

Pack
Pack

Should have hung him.

Mlsrsen
Mlsrsen

Vote out the judge. My wife, or kids, hope law gets him first. Yep, meth, it's an equealizer, don't treat on me, I won't tread on you.