Friday, September 29, 2023
By PAVEL BAILEY
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday after admitting to having a loaded gun in a pet store on Ross Corner earlier this year.
Magistrate Algernon Allen, Jr, charged Macowelly Jones, 25, with possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition.
Ian Cargill represented the accused.
Police visited Dragons Pet Store on Ross Corner around 9pm on March 30 and found Jones with a suspicious bulge in his pants pocket. As authorities escorted him from the store, he tried to flee before being recaptured. A search of the defendant’s person uncovered a black SAR9 9mm pistol with the serial number erased, along with 18 rounds of 9mm ammunition in his right pants pocket.
Jones reversed his earlier position in his latest court appearance and pleaded guilty to the charges.
The prosecution revealed that the accused had an earlier gun conviction.
Magistrate Allen sentenced the accused to four years at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.
Before being taken into custody, Jones was informed of his right to appeal the sentencing.