Arkansas Man Who Tried to Steal a Plane to See a Rapper Perform Sentenced to Five Years Probation

A 19-year-old Arkansas man admitted Thursday to attempting to steal a commercial plane so he could attend a rap concert in Chicago.

Zemarcuis Scott, of Texarkana, Arkansas, pleaded guilty to attempted theft of property and commercial burglary in front of Circuit Judge Carlton Jones on Thursday. The 19-year-old was sentenced to five years of probation for each charge and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and court costs.

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An American Eagle plane sits on the tarmac at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington County, Virginia, 3 miles (5 km) south of Washington, DC on January 24, 2017. A teen in Arkansas tried to steal a twin-engine American Eagle plane last year to see a rapper in Chicago. DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images

Scott was also ordered to participate in any mental health treatment deemed necessary by the probation department, The Texarkana Gazette reported. The two five-year probations were to run concurrently, Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Black said.

Scott was discovered in the cockpit of an American Eagle twin-engine jet at Texarkana Regional Airport on July 4, 2018. Airport security personnel noticed Scott jump a fence onto the airport property at around 2:30 a.m., according to The Texarkana Gazette.

Scott was hoping to fly to Chicago to see rapper Famous Dex perform. Despite not having any piloting knowledge, Scott told investigators that he believe it would involve nothing more than pushing buttons and pulling levers, Fox News reported.

Officers from the Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department found Scott sitting in the pilot's seat of the plane. Two of the responding officers reportedly recognized Scott from previous encounters.

Scott reportedly told investigators he had thought about stealing a plane for nearly a month. He had been watching the small commercial plane since 10 p.m. the previous night before abandoning his bicycle in a ditch and making his way towards the plane.

In August, Scott pleaded not guilty to attempted commercial burglary and attempted theft of property. Scott's public defender, Jason Mitchell, asked the court at the time to order an evaluation of Scott's mental state to determine whether he was competent to stand trial.

A December 21 report revealed that a Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health Center psychologist found Scott to be competent and able to stand trial. The report found that Scott understood the charges against him and the criminality of his alleged actions.

While on probation, Scott will be prohibited from Texarkana Regional Airport property, Black said.

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