By Aaron Humes: Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson on Monday handed down concurrent sentences of two years and eight months in prison to Randolph McKoy, who earlier this month pleaded guilty to keeping an unlicensed firearm and unlicensed ammunition. He will serve only two years.
McKoy, of Joe Lewis Road, Ladyville, Belize District, was jointly charged with three other persons who had their charges dropped today. At the initial hearing, the prosecution did not immediately drop the charges despite McKoy’s pleading guilty.
The Senior Magistrate considered that he was a first-time offender and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, but also that a loaded firearm was in the presence of a minor child and was not licensed, a serious offense. The minimum mandatory sentence is five years in prison.
Police recovered the .38 Smith and Wesson pistol with one live round inside on May 5 after they witnessed McKoy walking into the residence and thereafter a black object was thrown outside and landed loudly on top of a neighbour’s house.
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