Arkansas Teen Pleads Guilty After Trying to Steal Plane to See Famous Dex Concert
A 19-year-old Arkansas man has pleaded guilty to trying to steal a commercial plane so he could fly to Chicago to attend a rap concert by Famous Dex.
The Texarkana Gazette reports that Zemarcuis Scott of Texarkana pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted theft of property and commercial burglary, and was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and court costs and participate in any mental health treatment suggested by the probation department. Authorities have said Scott was found July 4 inside the cockpit of an American Eagle jet at Texarkana Regional Airport and that he had hoped to fly to an out-of-state concert. Airport security saw Scott jump a fence onto the property around 2:30 a.m. and immediately called police.
He has no training as a pilot. Police have said he told investigators he thought piloting the plane would involve little more than pushing buttons and pulling levers. In December, he was found mentally competent to stand trial. According to the Gazette, Scott told investigators that he'd been thinking about stealing the plane for a month and had been watching it since 10 p.m. on July 3.
Authorities say the 44-seat jet wasn’t damaged; Scott is prohibited from stepping on Texarkana Regional Airport property while on probation.