A Mississippi man who once faked his own death to try to avoid criminal charges has been convicted of sexually assaulting a girl and impregnating her when he was 40 and she was 14.
Jacob Blair Scott a military veteran from Moss Point, Mississippi, was convicted by a jury on Thursday, ABC News reports. The jury found him guilty of nine counts of sexual battery, four counts of touching a child for lustful purposes and one count of child exploitation.
Jackson County Circuit Judge Kathy King Jackson said the evidence presented in the case is “overwhelming” and sentenced Blair Scott him to 85 years in prison, saying it is essentially a life sentence.
“The evidence is overwhelming,” Jackson said. “It’s more evidence than I’ve probably ever seen,” she added.
She also ordered him to pay $10,000 in fines.
According to the report, Scott was supposed to turn himself in to face charges of assaulting the girl, but he faked his death in July 2018 by leaving a small boat with a gun and a suicide note in Orange Beach, Alabama.
Authorities searched for a body for more than a week in the Gulf of Mexico. Obviously, they found nothing. Scott was captured in early 2020 at an RV park in Oklahoma, where he was living under another person’s name.