Convicted felon pulled over during shooting investigation and arrested for gun possession


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – James Zacchaeus Scarborough, 22, was arrested early this morning after deputies pulled him over because they believed he had been involved in a shooting; a loaded firearm was found in the car, and he was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a concealed weapon without a permit, and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

At about 2:30 a.m. this morning, Scarborough was the front seat passenger in a car that was stopped by Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies after they reportedly saw it driving away at high speed while canvassing the 6700 block of SW 81st Terrace in response to reported gunshots.

A probable cause search of the car reportedly found a loaded handgun with a 33-round magazine in the glove compartment. An additional 17-round magazine was also reportedly found, along with a plastic baggie containing marijuana.

Scarborough has been charged with two counts of possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of a concealed weapon without a permit, and possession of marijuana.

When he was 17, Scarborough was charged as an adult with second-degree murder, firing a weapon from a vehicle, and possession of a firearm by an adjudicated delinquent; at the time, he was on juvenile probation. He entered a plea of nolo contendere to the firearm possession charge, the other two charges were dropped, and he was sentenced to three years in state prison. He was released on March 8, 2020, and was arrested later in the year for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, based on a sworn complaint from April 21, 2020. He was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 180 days in jail, where he qualified for work release. 

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In July of 2022, he was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a concealed weapon without a permit, and possession of marijuana with intent to sell after two handguns and 173 grams of marijuana were found in a car in which he was the front-seat passenger. Both Scarborough and the driver denied owning the guns or the marijuana. Scarborough was released on $30,000 bail, and all the charges were dropped about 6 weeks later.

Scarborough remains in the Alachua County Jail; bail information is unavailable on weekends.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

  • He needs the get the 10, 20, life and not 366 days in prison w/probation! Longer prison sentences for these convicted felons that keep getting caught with guns!

  • Another felon obeying those laws again.

    Who you gonna call? Who you gonna count on to protect you?

    Best be prepared.

  • The comments you people make are so unreal. There’s a white young man in the next article who shot out into an open crowd..Bash him why don’t yall

    • No one said anything about this person’s color. The bashing is regarding his actions, not what he looks like. We will bash the one you referred to as well shortly.

    • Oh my, let’s bring out the race card!!!

      This punk has been a career criminal since his teens.

      No comparison with the next article.

      • Your right no comparison. The white boy shot in a crowd he just had a gun on him. The real problems are that this races community in Gainesville Fl only exposes young black man. But if you look on mugshots there are a ton of white boys that go to jail every day but ironically are not on NewsBreak. Then y’all sit and bash about people or things you really have no clew about or what is really going on in this city. Where do you think there getting the guns from smh.

    • Which white young man? The one waving the gun or the one shooting ketchup?

      The guy waving the gun was an idiot. The only way the ketchup guy was going to hurt anyone was if he drowned someone in it.

      Now you can cross those off your list.

    • They are not, and I’m sure you know why, they like to cherry pick a d ignore the rest, we know what it’s about.

      • If it gives you any comfort YaHeiness, the city just voted to stock public bathrooms.

        I’m pretty sure Poe or Ward will give you proper instruction.

    • Nah I’m black and they need to keep this dude behind bars. He’s shown time and time again he zero desire to be a productive member of society.

  • What on earth is that creature on his head? Looks like an octopus but how can that be?

    • I gurantee you look like a female mayo encrusted caveman, I probably am being too generous.

  • Now, now, FLG and Viciki… Don’t be bashing someone for his chosen hair style. Just look on the positive side. With Halloween coming up, with that well groomed hair style and a lot of orange coloring, he could go trick or treating as a pumpkin !!!

    • A lot of the local kids have been copying the Kodak Black hairstyle for a long time now. I think he’s in jail now on weapons charges, for what that’s worth.

    • Dear Guest, Kind of ironic don’t you think? When it’s on paper, (or electronic medium), it’s all black or white.

      Try not to forget, white people don’t have exclusive rights to being racists…contrary to your implied allegation.

  • July 2022 Charges dropped? By Whom? Convicted Murderer. Who nows what else he has gotten a way with?

  • Free my niggah man he neva did nuffin rong. Dem poleeces was rong for dat.. Rollz Royce 4 lyfe

  • You can thank the SA office for this kind of crap. Brian Kramer is worse than Bill Cervone if that’s even possible.

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