A man arrested after police found a prohibited weapon in his car has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
Latario Rolle, 25, of Minnie Street, pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon, an Austria Glock .45 pistol, at his arraignment on Thursday.
Officers from the Tourism Patrol Unit stopped Rolle’s Honda Accord near Frederick Street around 7 p.m. on Monday, June 29. The officers found the gun underneath the driver’s seat.
As a result, they arrested Rolle and his two passengers.
In his police interview, Rolle claimed that he had found the gun.
Magistrate Samuel McKinney told Rolle that the offense attracted a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment. However, he said that Rolle did not qualify for the most severe punishment, given his early guilty plea and youth.
However, McKinney noted that prevalence of the use of firearms in crimes, particularly homicides, was an aggravating factor. McKinney said that the gun that Rolle had was prohibited given its capability.
As a consequence of his guilty plea, the prosecutor withdrew charges against Rolle’s co-accused, resulting in their acquittal.