BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two men are back behind bars for their alleged participating in an armed robbery that ended with the death of a 17-year-old. Both suspects were arrested less than a year ago for three counts of armed robbery, but were released after taking plea deals.
The Baton Rouge Police Department reports that 18-year-old Larry Scott, Jr. and 20-year-old Jarvis Dawson were arrested Friday for the death of 17-year-old Marvin Lewis. However, they say neither was responsible for pulling the trigger.
"All three were participating in a robbery," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely, BRPD. "Those two were charged with murder because they were committing an armed robbery when Lewis was killed."
According to the probable cause report, Scott, Dawson and Lewis arranged to meet up with a drug dealer to buy marijuana. During the transaction, however, they argued about the amount of money being charged.
Witnesses say the drug dealer told a 16-year-old juvenile to "get his scale" from his residence. When the juvenile walked off, Scott and Lewis are accused of pointing guns at the dealer and robbing him of $300. A second victim was allegedly robbed of $70.
The juvenile saw what was happening and told police he felt like his and the other man's life were in jeopardy, so he fired a gun in the direction of Lewis and Scott. Both were struck. Lewis died at the scene. Dawson, who remained in the vehicle the entire time, drove Scott to the hospital.
The 16-year-old was arrested and booked into a juvenile detention center, but not for murder, police say. Rather, he is charged with illegal use of a weapon by a juvenile.
Scott and Dawson are now facing second-degree murder and armed robbery charges. They are both being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in lieu of $300,000 bond each.
This is the second time the duo has been locked up for charges involving armed robbery.
On November 18, 2013, Scott, Dawson and a third suspect were arrested and accused of three armed robberies that happened around the LSU campus. In each case, the victims claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint of cell phones and other items.
On March 11, 2014, Scott and Dawson entered a plea of "not guilty" to each count.
Scott changed his plea to "guilty" on May 6, 2014. The state dismissed two of the three counts and his charge was amended to simple robbery.
Judge Trudy White sentenced Scott to two years of probation with conditions.
The conditions of Scott's probation include, but are not limited to, court costs, remain arrest and conviction free, remain alcohol and drug free for the period of probation, obtain gainful employment, obtain a GED or vocational training, undergo a substance abuse evaluation and receive treatment, attend 20 AA meetings each year, not possess a firearm, and perform 40 hours of community service work each year of probation.
Dawson later accepted a deal on July 11, 2014. In exchange for a guilty plea, the state also dismissed two of the three charges, and amended the existing charge to misdemeanor theft.
Dawson was sentenced by Judge White to 6 months in prison and was given credit for time served. Because this new charge is a misdemeanor, Dawson was not placed on probation.
According to Louisiana law, armed robbery carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of 99 years. Simple robbery carries a maximum sentence of 7 years.