Rawle Franklin, who goes by the alias ‘Mad Max’, was yesterday jailed for a total of eight years and fined $120,000 after pleading guilty to a charge of illegal gun and ammunition possession.
Franklin, 29, of Prince William Street, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, was on trial before City Magistrate Judy Latchman for being in possession of an illegal .40 Smith and Wesson pistol and 14 matching rounds.
When the matter came up yesterday in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, Franklin changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to four years imprisonment for the illegal gun and another four years for the illegal ammunition. The prison terms will run concurrently.
According to reports, police ranks were on patrol duties on October 22, 2016, when they observed several men in a white Toyota Premio acting in a suspicious manner. The vehicle was stopped in Middle Road, La Penitence, and ranks conducted a search, during which they unearthed the illegal arms and ammunition in Williams’ possession.
Police Prosecutor Vishnu Hunt represented the prosecution.
Based on reports, Franklin has over 15 robbery under-arms matters pending in the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court. He had been wanted by police in 2015 for several gun-related crimes including allegedly discharging a loaded firearm at Jomo Thompson. In relation to the latter, Franklin was charged with attempted murder.
It was reported that the shooting took place on July 26, 2015 at a dance in Plaisance, East Coast Demerara. Franklin had also been accused of shooting at police after they went in search of him.
On August 5, 2015, Franklin turned himself into police in the company of his attorney.
Based on reports, Franklin was charged back in 2009 for unlawfully and maliciously wounding Richard Freso, who was his fellow inmate at the Camp Street prison.
He appeared in court in June 2009. During that hearing his lawyer had told the court that his client had been incarcerated for more than two years on an abduction charge.
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