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Steven Bernard, who was charged for shooting at Police Commissioner Chester Williams during escape, pleads guilty to aggravated burglary

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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2022. 7:24 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, 28-year-old Steven Bernard, who was facing a number of charges relating to a burglary back in 2019, changed his plea from not guilty to guilty of aggravated burglary.

Bernard was jointly charged with 29-year-old, Wayne Welch and 30-year-old, Richard Edward O’Neal, for aggravated burglary, along with one count of wounding upon Rong Bin Liang, one count of harm upon Hefu Rong Liang, aggravated assault upon the Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, another count of aggravated assault upon Sgt. Christopher Martinez, another count of aggravated assault upon police officer, Theodore Lopez. The trio was additionally charged with one count each of kept firearm and kept ammunitions without being granted a gun license.

For his guilty plea to the aggravated burglary charge, Bernard was sentenced to three-years in prison, to commence from 2021 when his bail was revoked, leaving him with two years on his sentence. He was found not guilty of all his other charges because the prosecution failed to provide any evidence to support those charges.

His co-accused Welch, absconded when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Belize, and a bench warrant has been issued for his arrest. His next court date is set for July 26, and the trial will continue in his absence if he is not found before then. The third co-accused, O’Neal, was shot and killed back in 2019.

During their escape attempt from the burglary of Seven Days Store in Belize City, the trio were intercepted by police and fired several shots at the pursuing officers. Commissioner Williams, who was in the area at the time, responded in an attempt to assist the officers and he too was shot at in the exchange.

 

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