A man arrested with a loaded gun after an early morning police pursuit was yesterday sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.
Noel Johnson, 27, pleaded guilty to possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition at his arraignment before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.
Police officers tried to stop Johnson’s car near the Fountain of Youth after 3 a.m. on February 1 after they saw him behaving in a suspicious manner.
The officers stopped Johnson’s vehicle, a Nissan Serena, near the Twilight Club in Montell Heights and found a loaded .380 Ruger pistol under the driver’s seat, prosecutor Samantha Miah told the court.
In a police interview, Johnson said he had the weapon for his protection.
Johnson, who did not have a lawyer, told the court that he had recently been freed from prison on an armed robbery charge.
Ferguson-Pratt said that the court took gun crimes seriously, given the large number of offenses committed using firearms.
Ferguson-Pratt said that she could not ignore Johnson’s previous conviction for armed robbery, but gave him credit for his early admission of guilt.