The Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed the prosecution’s bid to increase the nine-month sentence handed to a convict with a long history of convictions.
The Crown had argued that the sentence handed to Dwight Major last July was too light.
A magistrate imposed the sentence five months after Major, 50, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
Major completed his sentence in November 2017, but was accused of reoffending in April 2018 when police allegedly found 283 pounds of marijuana in a car he was driving.
Major, who spent the past 15 years in prisons in the United States and The Bahamas, found himself back in police custody on January 22, 2017, when officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit found a loaded .45 pistol in his Soldier Road home.
Police also arrested his wife, Keva, who is also a drug convict, and their son, Ra’Von Dwight Major. The charges were withdrawn against them after his sentencing.
Police went to the Majors’ Soldier Road home armed with a search warrant.
As Mr. Major answered the door, police saw his wife scurrying away.
When police gained entry to the room, they found the gun in a tote bag in the closet. Police also found $6,780 in a coat in the closet.
Mr. Major told police that he had the gun for his protection.
During a sentencing hearing, former prison doctor Lynwood Brown and Major’s current doctor testified that the facility could not adequately care for Major.
This was accepted by the magistrate, who said that Brown’s testimony had not been refuted by the current prison doctor.