Fisherman jailed for firearm offenses

A commercial fisherman has been jailed for firearms offenses after police found a cache of guns and ammunition at his home in South Westridge this week.

Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt sentenced Deangelo Saunders, 33, to three years’ imprisonment and ordered him to pay a $6,500 fine to avoid spending an additional year in prison.

Acting on information, police executed a search warrant on Saunders’ apartment at Dell Close, that was also occupied by his cousin Keenan Newton, 20, prosecuting attorney Samantha Miah told the court.

The officers found a bag in a bedroom that contained a 9mm Ruger pistol, 23 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 45 rounds of 7.62 ammunition, a magazine for a 7.62 assault rifle and a 40mm magazine.

Saunders pleaded guilty to the charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of ammunition and possession of component parts of a firearm at his arraignment before Ferguson-Pratt.

In mitigation, Saunders’ lawyer Lennox Coleby said that Saunders was remorseful for his actions and was a philanthropist.

Coleby suggested a sentence of two years and a fine. By contrast, Miah recommended a four-year sentence.

While Saunders told the court that Newton had no knowledge of the contraband, the case will proceed against him.

Newton, who is represented by Avrom Thompson, returns to court on Monday for a status hearing.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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