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Man says he got assault rifle from American

Police caught a man with an AR-15 assault rifle the day after he got it, a court heard yesterday.

Leevan Bannister Jr., 26, of Rico Street, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a component part of a firearm and possession of ammunition with intent to supply at his arraignment before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.

Prosecutor Samantha Miah told the court that police control alerted all units to be on the lookout for a white Nissan Note after gunshots were fired in Nassau Village around 3:30 a.m. on January 14.

Miah said a unit intercepted the car in the Seabreeze area and ordered Bannister out of the car.

The officers found an AR-15 rifle, a .223 magazine and 30 rounds of .223 ammunition on the back seat, she said.

After he was advised of his right to remain silent, Bannister told officers that he got the items from a “white boy named Dave from West Palm Beach” while he was on Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island.

Ferguson-Pratt remanded Bannister to prison deferred sentencing to March 10 at the request of lawyer Dion Smith.

He asked the court to order a social inquiry report to assist with his sentencing arguments.

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Artesia Davis

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

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