Teen's Plan to Get to Concert Involved Plane He Couldn't Fly

Zemarcuis Scott wanted to get from Arkansas to Chicago to see Famous Dex, apparently
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 28, 2019 12:25 PM CST

An Arkansas teen has pleaded guilty to trying to steal a commercial plane so he could fly to Chicago to attend a rap concert, the AP reports. Per the Texarkana Gazette, Zemarcuis Scott of Texarkana pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted theft of property and commercial burglary and was sentenced to five years of probation. Authorities have said Scott, who is being variously reported as 18 or 19 years old, 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 to see rapper Famous Dex. Airport security called the police after they say they saw Scott jumping a fence to get onto airport property.

Scott 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. Scott allegedly told a psychologist he met with that he'd been mulling over the plane theft idea for a month or so, and that he'd kept his eye on the plane from the other side of the fence for hours before making his move in the early morning hours of Independence Day. Authorities say the 44-seat jet wasn't damaged.

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