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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018. 1:06 pm CST.

By BBN Staff:  Yesterday, Orange Walk resident Abimael Pott, 24, was released a free man after he had served a 7-year sentence for the murder of Shamir Gonzales 19, which dates back to May 2011.

Pott was convicted for the murder of Gonzales and was faced with a sentence of life imprisonment. The sentence, however, was appealed and the Court of Appeal ordered a retrial.

Pott and his attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, pleaded down the charge to manslaughter, where back in May 2018, he pleaded guilty.

Justice Collin Williams pondered the verdict for two months before the decision was made that Pott had served his time.

The Court decided that Pott should have only served a twelve-year sentence instead of life imprisonment. Thus, four years was taken off his sentence because he had pleaded guilty to manslaughter in May of this year.

Another two years was then subtracted because there were no aggravating factors. Pott was then left with a six-year sentence, however, he had already served seven years, exceeding his sentence by one year which resulted in him being set free.

The Crown was represented by Crown Council Killeru Awich.

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