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Teen who fired gun at police to serve 10 months

A teenage boy who fired a gun at police officers as they pursued him has been jailed for 10 months.

Lamar Bain pleaded guilty on July 21 to unlawful possession of a .40 pistol and nine rounds of ammunition during his trial before Gun Court Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.

Bain, 18, appeared before Ferguson-Pratt yesterday for sentencing.

She told Bain that he was lucky to be alive since the officers returned fire and missed.

Ferguson-Pratt admonished Bain to change his life.  Noting that Bain had turned 18 just one month before his arrest, Ferguson-Pratt said, “You have started your adulthood on a slippery road. The road you are on, if you do not change it, young man, you will not end in a manner that will make your mother and other relatives proud of you.”

The magistrate also commended Bain’s mother for advising him to plead guilty after hearing the evidence of prosecution witnesses.  She said, “This country needs more mothers who will tell their sons or daughters when they are wrong.”

Ferguson-Pratt also placed a 37-year-old man on three years’ probation who admitted to having a 9mm bullet.

Derek Roache pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared in court yesterday.

Security officers at the Freeport International Airport saw the bullet in Roache’s bag when screening checked luggage and they notified the police.

His lawyer, Jomo Campbell, said this was Roache’s first brush with the law.

Ferguson-Pratt told Roache that he would keep his clean criminal record if he committed no offenses during the probation period.

Should Roache breach that condition, he will have to pay an $1800 fine or spend nine months in prison.

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