BRADENTON — Earl Scott on Thursday was sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of Ruben Harris.
Scott, 33, shot Harris, 29, multiple times outside a Shell gas station at the intersection of 301 Boulevard East and Ninth Street East in the early morning hours of April 30, 2012. They had earlier gotten into a dispute at the Da Vinci's strip club in Bradenton.
On Jan. 29, a jury found Scott guilty of second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
“Mr. Scott you gave up your right to live among our free society when you chose to shoot Mr. Harris three times at close range,” Manatee County Judge Edward Nicholas said.
Before announcing the sentence, Nicholas recounted the description of Harris as a fine family man.
“Only you in your heart of hearts do you know why you shot Mr Harris, but that is the only thing we don’t know for your sure,” Nicholas said. “Unfortunately, Mr. Scott you made the mistake of shooting Mr. Harris in front of two eyewitnesses who knew you.”
Harris’s family were pleased with the outcome.
“We are very relieved with the judge’s decision,” sister Abra Curry said. “We want to thank the sheriff’s office, especially Detective Bliss, for the help of the community who came together.”
The community assisted in providing law enforcement information when Scott fled, she said.
Curry spoke of the good man her brother was.
“He definitely will be missed. Earl Scott took his life away way too soon,” Curry said. “There are no winners in this case, and we suffered the greatest loss.”
Scott did not address the courtroom Thursday.
His family did speak on his behalf.
Scott’s past arrests include on charges of possession of cocaine, giving false information to law enforcement, possession of marijuana, aggravated assault with a firearm, sale or delivery of cocaine and domestic battery by strangulation. to law enforcement, possession of marijuana, aggravated assault with a firearm, sale or delivery of cocaine and domestic battery by strangulation.