Crime & Courts

Man who gunned down fleeing teen gets life without parole

A Charlotte man was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on Thursday for fatally shooting a fleeing teenager in the back, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office said.

Danny Barrino, 19, was killed in east Charlotte in 2013 after trying to run from the gunman, 51-year-old Phillip Robert Scott Jr., prosecutors said.

A Mecklenburg County Superior Court jury found Scott guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday after a four-day trial. Judge Robert Bell sentenced him.

Scott had confronted the teen at The Preserve at Lake Forest, a large apartment complex near where East W.T. Harris Boulevard meets Albemarle Road. Both lived in the complex.

As Scott hit the teen, Scott’s gun fell from his waistband, the district attorney’s office said. Barrino saw the gun and ran, but Scott chased after him, aiming the gun at his back and firing.

Barrino was pronounced dead at the scene. Scott fled, tossing his gun in the woods behind his apartment, prosecutors said. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested him the next day at a local hotel.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak