Mississippi man admits faking death in Orange Beach to avoid sexual battery charge
By Brendan Kirby and Lacey Beasley
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MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) — A Mississippi man pleaded guilty on Monday to orchestrating a scheme to fake his own death off Orange Beach to escape a sexual battery charge.
Jacob Blair Scott pleaded guilty to making a false distress call, transporting a firearm across state lines by an indicted person, false information and pranks.
Orange Beach police responded July 30, 2018 to a call for help and found a small boat about a mile from shore. Inside were a semi-automatic pistol strapped to the boat and a suicide note. A U.S. Coast Guard vessel from Pensacola searched but found no one. Court records show the search cost the Coast Guard $17,165.
Scott, of Moss Point, was scheduled to appear in Jackson County, Mississippi, for a contempt of court hearing related to a 2017 indictment of sexual assault, touching a child for lewd purposes and exploitation of children.
According to Scott’s written plea agreement, he left several suicide notes in Mississippi, including one that told family members not to change phone numbers for a year. He also withdrew $45,000 from his bank account before disappearing, according to the plea document.
The US Marshals Service apprehended Scott on January 30 last year in Antlers, Oklahoma, where the accused used the name Lucas Marty Walding.
Prosecutors have agreed to recommend a sentence under the advisory sentencing guidelines, alongside the 85-year sentence he received in the Jackson County child sexual abuse case in June. The legal maximum for federal charges is five years in prison. A judge has scheduled Scott’s sentencing for November.
A Pascagoula jury found Scott guilty of 14 counts involving a 14-year-old girl he impregnated. He was due to accept a plea bargain in 2018, but he fled and set up the drowning prank shortly before the hearing.
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