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Man sentenced to five years in prison for gun possession

A man arrested with three guns and 25 rounds of ammunition of various caliber has been jailed for five years and eight months.

Kenton Ferguson, 30, of Elizabeth Estates, was a suspect in an armed robbery when police put him under surveillance on May 23, 2017.

According to the evidence, police saw when Ferguson pulled up to Dontray Russell’s home at Barbados Avenue in a rental car and handed him a plastic bag.

Police searched Russell’s home and found the same bag and seized an Austria Glock 9mm pistol, a Springfield .45 pistol a .40 pistol and ammunition for each weapon.

Russell told police that he had received the bag from Ferguson, who instructed him to “hold it down for him”.

Ferguson was arrested at his home on Australia Avenue but a search of the residence did not produce anything illegal.

Ferguson denied handing the bag with contraband to Russell.

Russell pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.

He testified on Ferguson’s behalf at trial and claimed that he only implicated him because he didn’t want police to beat him.

Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt did not find Russell to be a credible witness and convicted him on three counts of possession of ammunition and three counts of possession of an unlicensed firearm.

He was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison.

Attorney Samantha Miah prosecuted and Barry Sawyer represented Ferguson.

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Artesia Davis

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

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