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April 20, 2011

Attorney General Koster announces sentencing in persistent drug offender case

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today James L. Scott, 46, has been sentenced in Adair County to serve 20 years in prison for felony possession of a controlled substance as a persistent drug offender. Scott had been on probation for a previous drug offense when he committed the current offense. Judge Russell Steele revoked Scott’s probation and executed the 12-year sentence, to run concurrently with the 20-year sentence on the current charge.

Koster said Scott pled guilty on March 7 to the charge of illegal possession of Adderall, an addictive psychostimulant. At the time of his arrest, Scott had been off probation for four months for having possessed meth and Adderall in a residence where meth was being manufactured. Prior to that, Scott had been convicted of felony manufacture of meth. As a persistent drug offender, he faced an enhanced range of punishment of 10 to 30 years or life in the Department of Corrections, plus an additional 12 years for the probation revocation.

Koster said the Attorney General's Office was appointed Special Prosecutor for Adair County and prosecuted the case.

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