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Robber takes plea deal

A man who was shot by an off-duty policeman during an armed robbery was yesterday sentenced to 46 months as part of a plea deal.

Jiles Jackson Russell, 37, will receive credit for the two years, 11 months and seven days that he spent on remand.

The prosecutor, Cephia Pinder-Moss, told the court that around 12:30 a.m. on April 16, 2014, Elkeno Brown and David Pearce were at Hampshire Street when Russell held them up at gunpoint and demanded cash.

Brown gave Russell $141; however, Pearce did not have any money.

Brown, at the time a police corporal, produced his firearm and Russell was injured in the gunfight that followed.

Russell fled the scene in a grey car.

He was charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors withdrew the more serious charges of attempted murder.

In passing sentence, Justice Guillimina Archer-Minnis said, “Given the particulars of this case, but for the grace of God you are alive, and the two virtual complainants in this matter were not seriously injured.”

She said, “It’s all up to you now, your future lies with you.”

Archer-Minnis directed that prison officials take Jackson to an opthalmologist after his attorney, David Cash, said he was experiencing eye swelling.

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Artesia Davis

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

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