Bogalusa rapper pleads guilty to gun crime

Published 11:30 am Friday, June 17, 2022

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Javorious Scott, a.k.a. “JayDaYoungan,” 24, a Bogalusa resident and rapper, was sentenced this week by U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance, after pleading guilty to a federal gun crime, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

Scott will face a sentence of time served after serving approximately seven months’ imprisonment, one year of supervised release, a $5,500 fine and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee, after pleading guilty to a one-count indictment that charged him with possession of a firearm while under indictment or felony, in violation of federal law.

According to court documents, on Oct. 29, 2021, Officers with the Bogalusa Police Department executed a traffic stop on a silver-colored Audi bearing a Virginia license plate traveling south on South Columbia Street in Bogalusa, because the vehicle possessed a switched license plate.

Scott, the driver of the vehicle, failed to provide his license or vehicle registration. While speaking to Scott and the passenger, officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle. The officers also observed a black handgun on the driver’s side floorboard directly beneath Scott’s legs. Officers removed Scott from the vehicle and observed a small amount of suspected marijuana in the driver’s seat. Officers then recovered a loaded Ruger, Security-9, 9mm, pistol from the driver’s side floorboard.

At the time that the officers located and seized the firearm from the floorboard, Scott was under indictment for felony crimes in Harris County, Texas.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Bogalusa Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney André Jones.