Sep 06, 2008 News Comments Off on Sophia resident gets five years for firearm, drug possession
A Cummings Park, Sophia resident was jailed for five years on Thursday last, having been found guilty on four charges, including one for possession of arms and ammunition.
Shawn Felctman, of 3038 Cummings Park, was accused of having two rounds of .22 ammunition, without being the holder of firearm license, and a .22 pistol in his possession, on September 1.
Felctman told Magistrate Robertson-Ogle that he was not guilty on the charges.
It was then that the Acting Chief Magistrate
discovered that Felctman had appeared in court before another magistrate on two other charges.
The magistrate said that one of the charges was that he had been held with 33 grams of cannabis in his possession.
The other charge stated that Felctman was found with an improvised pipe that is used for smoking cocaine.
She then informed the accused that he had not attended court for the two cases and had been sentenced to three years in his absence on the cannabis charge and one year for having the smoking implements.
In response, Felctman declared that he knew nothing of the other matters and pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
According to the accused, several other people were present when the police found the gun, and it was only because he was a ‘Rasta’ that the police had ‘victimized’ him.
The magistrate then interjected and said that he would have to serve his time on the old matters.
She explained that he would be brought to court when the new cases begin.
She also explained that even when he was finished serving the three years, the possibility existed that if guilty he would serve another term.
Felctman was then escorted to the court lockups.
He returned after a few minutes and this time pleaded guilty to all the charges.
Magistrate Robertson-Ogle then imposed a one-year sentence along with the four years for the previous matters.
The sentences are to run concurrently.
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