An armed robbery victim, who admitted that he bought an illegal gun to protect himself, was sentenced to nine months in prison on Friday.
Police arrested Everette Johnson, 34, of Pinewood Gardens, at Rupert Dean Lane on April 1 after they found him with a Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol loaded with 11 rounds of ammunition.
Johnson, a self-employed welder, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition at his arraignment before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on Friday.
Acting on information, police went to Rupert Dean Lane, where they searched Johnson, the court heard.
When the officers didn’t find anything during the personal search, the officers examined his car, where they founded the loaded handgun.
During a police interview, Johnson admitted that he got the gun for his protection as he had been robbed several years ago.
This is Johnson’s first brush with the law.
In mitigation, defense lawyer Allen Emmanuel asked the court to show mercy, given Johnson’s previously clean record.
Johnson is the primary breadwinner for his family. He has one child and his wife is pregnant with another child.
Ferguson-Pratt considered that Johnson had led a productive life and his previously clean record.
However, she said he had no justification to arm himself with an illegal gun.
Johnson was sentenced to nine months in prison. He could serve an additional 12 months if he doesn’t pay a $6,000 fine before the completion of his sentence.