SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio man was sentenced yesterday to 30 months in prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition.
According to court documents, Charles Allen Scott, 45, threatened a female witness at her residence by waving a firearm in the air and telling her, “I’m about to shoot you in the face” and “It’ll only take a couple of shots to kill you.” While in his vehicle at the residence, Scott pointed the firearm out of his sunroof and fired once. The San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) responded to the scene afterward and was able to locate a .357 caliber shell casing in the middle of the road in front of the witness’ residence.
Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) sent the recovered shell casing for testing through the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN). A NIBIN lead notification then linked the shell casing recovered by SAPD to three other shootings in the San Antonio area.
Scott’s criminal history records revealed that he has multiple state felony convictions, including two for aggravated assault with deadly weapon of a non-family member with gun; one for unlawfully carrying a weapon; and two for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
On May 11, 2021, Scott pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition.
“The prosecution of this case demonstrates our unwavering commitment to the reduction of violent crime and to stopping repeat offenders like Scott from endangering members of the community,” stated U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff. “I am grateful for our partnership with state, local and federal law enforcement agencies as well as the use of NIBIN in our investigations.”
“The sentence in this case sends a clear message to other would-be offenders that ATF and the court take seriously the possession of ammunition by prohibited persons,” stated ATF Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski, Houston Division.
ATF investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Calve prosecuted the case.
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.
Making sure that victims of federal crimes are treated with compassion, fairness and respect.
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