Gun Court issues two-year jail term
A man who confessed to having a loaded gun at Paradise Island has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Police stopped Shaun Miller’s car at the Paradise Island toll booth on March 11 and searched him. The officers found him in possession of a gun loaded with seven bullets.
Miller, of Mount Pleasant Avenue, yesterday pleaded guilty to the charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition when he made his first appearance before Gun Court Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.
In passing sentence, Ferguson-Pratt said,”These are serious offenses. A gun is not an accessory. A firearm is an instrument that when used can cause serious injury or it can cause death.”
She said that the court also considered that Miller admitted guilt at the first opportunity.
Ferguson-Pratt further noted that police arrested Miller at Paradise Island–a premiere resort destination.
She said,”I shudder to think about what could have happened on Paradise Island.”
Ferguson-Pratt said she had the power to impose a sentence of up to five years as well as a$10,000 fine.
“This court is not minded to give a maximum sentence. However, I want you to know punishment is the only way society can get some sort of protection in these matters. What weighs heavily on my mind is a deliberate course of criminal behavior must be appropriately dealt with,”she said.
Miller, a car wash operator with prior convictions for drug possession and housebreaking, is the first person sentenced by Ferguson-Pratt since she took the bench one week ago.
Inspector Clifford Daxon was the prosecutor.