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Sep 14, 2016

Two Belize City men sentenced for illegal gun and ammunition

Diondray McKoy

Two Belize City men claimed they were set up by police, but that allegation did not hold water and they were convicted in the courtroom of Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser for firearm offenses. Diondray McKoy and his roommate Lyson James Cacho, were told by the Senior Magistrate that after careful consideration of the evidence before the court, they were guilty of the two firearm charges. The crown’s main witness is Superintendent of Police, Henry Jemott, who was the investigating officer in the case and who busted the men with the gun. Jemott testified that he saw someone throw the firearm through a window of the house where the duo resides. No other person could be linked to the room aside from Cacho and McKoy so the Senior Magistrate found them guilty of the charges.  On January eighth, 2013, police found the men in possession of the loaded firearm and they could not produce a license. McKoy and Cacho in defence claimed they were set up. McKoy told Senior Magistrate Fraser that he was incarcerated for twelve years for attempted murder and if he was guilty of the gun charges then he would have pleaded guilty back in 2013 and saved the court some time.  In mitigation, he begged for leniency saying he was going to jail for something he did not do. Besides, he said, jail is hard and he is tired of eating ramen noodles and dry bread.  Cacho also claimed there wasn’t any firearm at the house.  Both were sentenced to five years on each count to run concurrently which means they will serve a total of five years.

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