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Mar 10, 2016

Retiree Faces Serious Jail Time

James Parks

A sixty-one year old retiree, James Parks is looking to spend a number of years behind bars for breaching a protection order to stay away from his ex-common-law wife, burglary, and two counts of damage to property.  First, Parks had to face the music inside the courtroom of Magistrate Deborah Rogers for the burglary and damage to property charges. On Tuesday, March eighth, he made his way to Josephine Humes’ home on Neal’s Pen Road to cause her grievously bodily harm. There, he threw a bottle of fuel into her kitchen; it ignited and caused damages to her wall and a metal pipe.  He was further accused of attempting to enter her house, but her son-in-law stopped him. Parks continued on a rampage and then went to Cleon McKoy’s parked vehicle and shattered his windshield. His other victim was his daughter, whose vehicle was also damaged.   In court, Parks wasted no time and pleaded guilty to all charges and Magistrate Deborah Rogers imposed three custodial sentences. He will serve one year for the damages to his daughter’s vehicle, eight months for the damages caused to McKoy’s vehicle and seven years for the burglary at the home of Humes. Immediately after his arraignment, Parks was escorted to the Belize Family Court where he also pleaded guilty to the breach of a protection order. For this charge, he was imposed six months to run concurrently with the sentences he received at the magistrate’s court.

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