A man who agreed to keep a gun for a friend was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Shane Davis Jr. will spend an extra 12 months behind bars if he doesn’t pay a $6,000 fine before his sentence expires.
Davis on Thursday changed his plea to guilty on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition at his arraignment before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.
Police carried out a search warrant on the home Davis shared with his family at Alexandria Boulevard in Nassau Village on August 3.
He wasn’t home when police found the .380 silver and black Pico pistol and five rounds of ammunition in his bedroom.
Police arrested Davis’ mother, Miriam Thompson; his father, Shane Davis Sr.; his brother, Craig Deleveaux; and the mother of his child, Ashley Robinson, after they found the loaded gun.
The prosecutor, ASP Clifford Daxon, said that Shane Davis Jr. drove past the home while police were there. They chased him but he evaded capture. However, Davis surrendered to police a short time later.
In an interview with police, Davis claimed that his friend, Javon, brought the gun to the house on August 1. He said no one else knew that the gun was there.
In mitigation, Krysta Mason-Smith said that Davis’ “boys” dropped off the gun following an “incident” that took place in the neighborhood.
Ferguson-Pratt chastised Davis for becoming the “garbage collector” by keeping the gun.
She said his actions had resulted in the arrest of his entire family.
Ferguson-Pratt told Davis that he faced a maximum of seven years’ imprisonment. However, she said he didn’t deserve that since he pleaded guilty and had no prior convictions or pending matters.
The magistrate attributed Davis’ initial flight from police to fright. However, she commended him for facing his fears by surrendering.
As a result of Davis’ plea, the prosecution dropped the charges against his family.
On Wednesday, Deleveaux attempted to plead guilty to the case in a bid to spare his mother from remand at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.
However, the court didn’t accept the plea because it was equivocal.