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Apr 25, 2014

Police Officer gets 15-year sentence for firearm conviction

Jose Haylock

Special Constable Jose Haylock, who was charged jointly with his girlfriend, Corrine Diane Martinez, was convicted late this evening before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith for firearm and ammunition offences.  The couple was busted in February 2012, at their residence on Louise Bevans Street.  Inside their home police found a point twenty-two pistol and eleven rounds of matching ammunition, along with ten rounds of nine millimeter ammunition.  Prosecutor in the case was Crown Council Kaysha Grant, while Haylock and his girlfriend were represented by Attorney Arthur Saldivar.  When Haylock changed his plea to guilty, Saldivar opted to make a no case submission for Haylock’s girlfriend, stating that she does not have a case to answer to since there was no incriminating evidence against her.

Corrine Diane Martinez

Saldivar requested that the Chief Magistrate exercise her discretion and impose a fine similar to that of the Gino Pech case which sets a precedence to cases involving police officers, since Pech was fined for firearm and ammunitions earlier this year.  In responding, Chief Magistrate Smith said, quote, he shows a dangerous trait, unquote, referring to the ammunition and gun he kept at his home.  With that said, she found him guilty and could not impose any fine. She imposed the statutory minimum of five years on each count, ordering that they run concurrently.

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