Abbeville man sentenced to federal prison for possessing firearm

Published 12:20 pm Friday, July 23, 2021

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LAFAYETTE, La. – Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that Scott Grigsby, 41, of Abbeville, Louisiana, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert R. Summerhays to 102 months (8 years, 6 months) in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging Grigsby with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and he pleaded guilty to the charge on April 9, 2021. According to information presented in court, on January 28, 2020, deputies with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force were conducting surveillance of a residence in Kaplan, Louisiana and observed a vehicle being driven by Grigsby arrive at the residence. Law enforcement officers approached the vehicle and Grigsby attempted to flee the area driving at a high rate of speed in reverse. His vehicle struck a marked police unit and lost control and came to rest in a ditch. Officers arrested Grigsby and his passenger. Grigsby admitted to police that he had thrown a firearm out of the window of the car while attempting to flee. After a brief search of the area, officers located the 9mm pistol near the vehicle in the ditch.

As a convicted felon, Grigsby is prohibited from possessing any firearms or ammunition. His prior felony convictions were for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (2017); identity theft, simple burglary, and aggravated flight from an officer (2010); and simple robbery (2003).

The ATF and Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Bordelon prosecuted the case.