San Antonio, Texas, August 24, 2017: This week, Felony Impact Court Judge Laura Parker sentenced Markus Lorenzo Scott, age 39, to 45 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the charge of Injury to a Child Causing Serious Bodily Injury. Additionally, Judge Parker sentenced Scott to 20 years in prison for the charge of Assault Family Choking – Strangulation. Last month, Scott pleaded guilty to the charges. The sentences will be served concurrently, or at the same time.
On April 4, 2016, Scott came home intoxicated and assaulted his girlfriend and then began violently assaulting children who were at the home. Scott assaulted a 9-year-old boy by punching him in the eye; he then began choking the 11-year-old niece of his girlfriend before he started kicking the girl’s 12-year-old brother and repeatedly stomped him in his head. Scott left the home before San Antonio police responded to the scene, but was arrested a short time later when he was found hiding in the bushes. Under questioning by detectives, Scott denied any involvement. Meanwhile, the 12-year-old boy, who suffered the most severe injuries, was put in a medically induced coma. Family members said the boy had to learn how to talk and walk due to the traumatic injuries he received from the attack.
During the punishment hearing, Prosecutor Karl Alexander told the judge that Scott “killed” what the boy could have been in the future. On the stand, Scott continued to blame the 12-year-old boy and stated he had enough of him and “snapped.” Assistant District Attorneys Karl Alexander and Brittany Byrd from our Child Abuse Unit prosecuted the case against Scott.
Injury to a Child Causing Serious Bodily Injury is a first degree felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Assault Family Choking – Strangulation is a second degree felony, punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine.