ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison after a jury ruled he showed no remorse for assaulting his girlfriend and locking her in a dog kennel.

Luke Brandon Scott was convicted in April of first-degree and second-degree assault, terroristic threats and false imprisonment. Jurors say beyond not showing remorse for his crimes, Scott also violated court orders to stay away from the victim and offered her a bribe not to testify at his trial.

According to a criminal complaint, Scott held his 21-year-old girlfriend captive last September in his St. Paul home on the 1200 block of Reaney Avenue East. Scott punched her in the face, hit her face with a bottle and at one point forced her into a dog kennel in his home, police said.

The woman called police and said Scott also choked her and threatened to cut her throat, while holding a knife. She was treated at Regions Hospital for several facial lacerations and a fractured tooth.

After the conviction, County Attorney John Choi said they would ask for a tough sentencing.

“These were unspeakably brutal and degrading crimes. Our office will ask for sentences that reflect the gravity of these offenses,” he said.

Comments (36)
  1. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    Great. 17 years. The cost to the taxpayers for this will be over half a million dollars. Who is getting punished here, Scott, or us. We have got to come up with a correctional system that is more cost effective than just locking people in a cell.

    1. Troy says:

      Could we outsource our prisoners to China for a fraction of the cost? Also, let the Chinese treat them as they treat their prisoners, then repeat offense might drop?

  2. Richard's boyfriend in Mpls says:

    Take the Dog Kennel out of the evidence locker & lock him in Minnesota.

  3. Wondering.. says:

    I’m interested in this system you speak of. What should we do?

    1. Richard in Minneapolis says:

      How about an ankle bracelet for 17 years so we know where he is at all times, i.e. nowhere near his girlfriend, while he remains a productive taxpayer and pays a hefty fine, instead of incurring costs. His acts were directed at a particular person, his girlfriend, so I don’t think we need to fear him being a repeat offender against the public at large.

  4. Victim Du Jour says:

    Women get less prison for murder in the State of Minnesota.

    It’s just like how Jim Crow laws and black codes punished black people harder for crimes against white people.

    A man got 3 years in prison for beating up a customer with a baseball bat at a gas station.

    1. Victim mentality says:

      Do you have a point related to the article?

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        Duh! locking someone up in a dog kennel during a two party alcohol drinking binge is not worse than beating up someone with a baseball bat.

        Sorry if I am making you feel ditzy.

        Next they will be doing another story about a kid with a stomach tumor and how evil the GOP is for cutting funding to medical assistance.

  5. Drunken Dissed Orderly says:

    Well, let’s be fair now. Has he said what she did to deserve this punishment?

    1. Zing! says:

      Heck, we do this just for fun at our house

  6. ITsOKJusttakeAToke says:

    17 years for that? Convicted murders get on avg 10-15 years….1st question, how long was she in this kennel for? 2nd question did she step on his pumas? Who sets the sentencing guidlines in this constantly inconsistant judgemental state?

    1. w t h says:

      You beat me to it… WTH is wrong with this judicial system……..

    2. LikeWow says:

      So the moral of the story is kids, if you are pissed at your woman you will do less time in jail if you shoot her then degrading her.

    3. fred says:

      unbelievable…if he would have murdered her he would have got ten years, and out in five years.

  7. Really the dog cage? says:

    I don’t dissagree with the 17 years. I don’t disagree murder convictions should be more than 17 years. I don’t disagree that it costs way too much to lock these people up.


    Of course, the closer the lengths of these violent crime sentences get to the murder sentences you’re going to get more nut jobs out there saying to him/her-self “why don’t I just go all the way and try and hide the body”.

  8. Gavigs says:

    To Wondering & Richard — maybe we should send him over to Richard’s house to serve out his sentence

    1. Richard in Minneapolis says:

      Only if if he can cook, do laundry, wash windows, mow the lawn and fix cars.

  9. TWINS says:

    couldnt we have prisons self sufficient per say, inmates do the cooking cleaning, laundry / make them bigger and maybe not have CABLE TV.
    im not sure if this would help any, but little things add up.

    1. hate the system says:

      Yeah but it also creates jobs for people.. And one thing I will say, is cable tv is necessary to help keep the peace

      1. period says:

        Who cares…..
        No excercise equipment, no TV… No basketball courtyards….
        They shouldn’t get ANYTHING.

        1. Beer Guzzling Redneck says:

          Uneducated comment. What do you think 40 men stuck in a dayroom together all day with nothing to do will end up doing? Talk about naive. You take the cake.

  10. another Richard says:

    17 yearss, doesn’t that mean he will be out in 6 months?

    1. Richard in Minneapolis says:

      “Richard’s Boyfriend”, “another Richard”… Wow, I haven’t gotten this much attention since I loudly passed gas in church!

  11. Rubin says:

    Yes, lock this beauty up in a dog cage for those 17 years and feed him nothing
    but Alpo dog food (after all, Alpo does not have a spec of cereal in it).

    They should make all prisoners do some kind of work. Make License plates
    or something, anything….

  12. See BS says:

    Our Court System is making politically motivated rulings, and bankrupting the State.

    This is among many reasons you see shootings and stabbings in the metro.

    They don’t have room in prison for real criminals.

    1. Greg says:

      So you don’t think he is a real criminal? Did you even read the article and what he did? Or do you think it is ok that he beat her, threatened her, locked her up, threatened her some more, etc. just because you think she probably did something to deserve such treatment? Could it be that he is a thug and a loon?

      1. See BS says:

        Sorry, but punishing a criminal harder because the victim is a woman is fascism.

        And it’s obvious, because gun criminals and murderers are getting less prison than this guy for far worse crimes.

        And they were both drunk! The 14th amendment prohibits the government from favoring one group or gender over another.

  13. :) says:

    What he did to her was horrible, but so is the 17 year sentence. I say tell the women what he did and lock him up in a womens prison for 3-4 years.

  14. Texas Honky says:

    What did she do to deserve this?? Shrink his Basketball Jersey down to a XXXL? Step on his Air Jordans? Misplace his SOX cap? Hang up his Puffy Parka wrong? Braid his hair in the wrong way??

  15. SD says:

    I am constantly amazed by the racism that runs rampant on these boards. Truly ignorant behavior.

    1. Hugh Jorgan says:

      STFU and go cry in your beer. If we wanted your worthless commentary we woulda’ farted…

      1. SD says:

        Brilliant response.

  16. Mel says:

    The woman who threw her baby in a snowbank then walked off got 1 year, which is less when you include the time she served while waiting for a hearing. Seems a little inconsistent, not that I don’t think this guy is a danger to society and should be locked up. But if he got 17 years, so should this baby’s mamma, especially considering the fact that it was her own newborn.

  17. Jim in Minneapolis says:

    Victm du Jour takes the convicted man’s word that his victim was drunk. She wasn’t when she escaped and went to the hospital. Her big mistake was doing a brave but foolish act in going to his house to tell him she was leaving him. Texas Honky assumes the guy is black, the convicted man is, in fact, white. That is why US serial killers get away with it for decades, the Texas Honkys are looking for the darker complexioned perp while the well groomed white Dahmer, Bundy, or Gacey b.s. the credulous cops.

  18. Something to think about says:

    You can tell a lot about a country when you look at how they treat their criminals.

    To all of you that say we should have them all in a room with nothing to do, I would love to see how you can take 24 hours just staring at a wall. If you put someone in that situation for 17 years and they come out, then the gloves are off. You just took a dangerous person and made them insane to boot. Your ignorance is showing and you may want to comb that back over.

  19. i know him personally says:

    I knew luke personally i was there the night b4 he supposedly did this to her and its bs. she attaced him for trying to put her out and when he couldnt take her beating him anymore he lost his cool and hit her with the bottle she hit him with. she was never locked in a dog kennel she was drunk and volentarily went in there so he couldnt put her out! she was super crazy and they were both bruised at the end. it was stupid but 17 years is too much. she didnt deserve a bottle to the face either! never drink.

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