A pilot was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison on Thursday for having almost 300 rounds of ammunition of various calibers.
Hugh Gray Jr., 27, of Adelaide Village, pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of ammunition with intent to supply at his arraignment before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.
Police arrested Gray and four other men after they found the bullets in a plastic bag in a southeastern bedroom closet on Captain’s Way, off Coral Harbour on September 11, prosecuting lawyer Corporal Samantha Miah told the court.
The bag contained 100 rounds of 9mm ammunition; 100 rounds of 40mm ammunition and 85 rounds of 45mm ammunition, the court heard.
Gray told police that he had placed the ammunition inside the room on September 10 after he had found them through a track road.
According to his lawyer, Leon Bethell, Gray had contacted a police friend with the intention of turning the ammunition over to him.
Bethell said that Gray had no previous conviction, “grew up in a decent family with a good Christian background” and had a six-year-old son.
He asked the court to consider a non-custodial sentence.
By contrast, Miah noted that Gray had failed to provide the name of the police officer whom he intended to give the ammunition to.
She said, “Police stations are open 24 hours. He could have very easily taken them to any police station.”
Miah also asked the court to impose a sentence in the range of four to six years, given the proliferation of gun crimes.”
Ferguson-Pratt said that she had taken judicial notice that there is a statistical correlation between murders and illegal firearms and her sentence should serve as a deterrent to potential offenders.
She said that a non-custodial sentence “would be an affront to justice”.
Gray received concurrent sentences of three-and-a-half years on each count. He will serve an additional year in prison if he does not pay a $5,000 fine before the conclusion of the sentence.