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Jun 1, 2012

Reduced sentence for admitting ownership of illegal weapon

Daron Waight

A man who has been incarcerated since November of 2010 received some good news in the Supreme Court today. Thirty year old Daron Waight is still behind bars, but he will be going home sooner than expected. Waight was busted inside a vehicle with a gun stashed under the driver’s seat. He took responsibility for the weapon so that his younger brother, an eleven year old minor who was also in the vehicle, was not remanded. He was sentenced to two years each for the unlicensed firearm and ammunition to run consecutively.  But Waight appealed the four year sentence and his case was heard today before Judge Denis Hanomansingh. Attorney Bryan Neal submitted that the sentences should run concurrently since his client pleaded guilty, saving the court time and resources. Neal also argued that when the gun was found, there was no indication that it was used in any criminal activity. In response, the DPP representative Kaysia Grant, submitted that the court must take into consideration the serious nature of firearm offenses and the prevalence of the crime. But Judge Hanomansingh agreed with Waight’s attorney and reduced the sentence from four to two years. That means Waight has only a few more months to spend in prison and will be a free in November, if not sooner. He was initially charged on November fifth, 2010 along with his younger brother and Akeem Lord.

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2 Responses for “Reduced sentence for admitting ownership of illegal weapon”

  1. Storm says:

    I’m all for harsh punishment for violation of firearm laws, but I’m all against it when “the law is an @##.” In the modern world, who charges everyone present, including 11 year old children, with serious crimes?

    And who THREATENS to charge children in order to extort a guilty plea from an adult?

    I think this law probably violates a number of sections of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Rights, as well as the pending Rights of Children Treaty. This particular law, as applied by GOB, is abusive.

    A better law, one pinpointed at criminals who are armed in the commission of a crime, would be to add a mandatory 10 or 20 years to the sentence for every such conviction.

  2. Rod says:

    See what am telling you if he was Spanish or Chinese or maya he would not get this sentence serious race war going on in Belize .

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