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Scott brothers sentenced to life for Mother's Day parade shooting

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Akien and Shawn Scott admitted they acted together in 2013 when they fired guns at a Mother's Day second line parade injuring 19 people.

At federal court Tuesday morning in New Orleans, Judge Ivan Lemelle sentenced both to life behind bars. 

The sentencing comes almost three years after the pair opened fire on Sunday afternoon as hundreds paraded through the streets to celebrate the holiday. 

Judge Lemelle sentenced Shawn Scott to 439 months behind bars. 

Shawn Scott's attorney read a statement on behalf of him saying that his mother, fiancé and two of his children are in court and asked that he can one day be reunited with his family. The attorney went on to say that at the age of five, Shawn witnessed a murder in his house, and while that doesn't excuse his actions, it does show he grew up in difficult circumstances.

The attorney for Akein Scott told the court that he grew up in difficult circumstances and was the first in his family to graduate high school and go to college. Scott began crying and asked God for forgiveness and then apologized to all the victims and announced he wanted to be a poet.

The pair, along with brother Stanley Scott, admitted last year to being part of the FND gang which pushed heroin and crack in the Seventh Ward near the Frenchmen and N. Derbigny intersection.

The mother of the Scott brothers told the court she raised nine boys and three girls by herself. 

"I want to apologize to the people for what happened and my condolences to the families."

She asked the judge for a chance to get back on the right track. She says they were never bad boys and they are not now.

Shooting victim Deborah Cotton was also in federal court Tuesday. She told FOX 8 that she hoped for more leniency in the sentences. 

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