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Freeman Not Free Now After Guilty Plea…Gets 5 Years in Slammer

Dwayne “Fireman” Freeman, charged with cannabis and illegal gun possession, threw himself on the court’s mercy, changing his not guilty plea to guilty and received a five year prison sentence. His girlfriend Watisha Browne and her sister were cleared of involvement with him in this case,

The trio however are will face the Magistrate again in May to answer to the charge of possession of ammunition a charge that was issued a month before the latter offence.

On March 5 the trio – charged in July of last year with possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to supply, smuggling a firearm into the federation, possession of ammunition, and possession with a firearm – pleaded not guilty to all charges. They were represented by attorney Natasha Grey.

Lead investigator Corporal Derell Boon testified on March 5 that they executed a search warrant on the home of Freeman and Rawlins. He said that his search began with the sofa chair and when he placed his hand under the cushion of the chair he found the gun.

Upon further search of the chair he found a black plastic bag with two Ziploc plastic bags which contained a total of 56 small bags with what appeared to be cannabis. Along with the suspect cannabis EC$150 was also found in the black plastic bag.

On Tuesday Freeman decided to give his testimony in his defense. He said that he didn’t know anything about the gun the police found and believed that it was planted in his room. He said there were five officers in his room and it is possible that one of them could have planted it.

After both sides rested its case, Magistrate Yasmine Clarke asked Grey if any of her clients would like to change their pleas. After a lengthy discussion, Grey asked the court to read the charges to Freeman again. Freeman pleaded guilty to all the charges at that time.

Magistrate Clarke told the defendants that she was satisfied with the Crown’s evidence and was prepared to send all accused to prison.

During mitigation attorney Grey said that her client was self employed and owns two shops. She noted that the 33 years old man can still contribute “meaningfully” to society. She said that her client never used that gun in a commission of a crime and he did not pose as a danger to society. She added that the ammunition (amour piercing bullets) was never placed on the streets. She asked the court to not impose a stiff sentence on her client.

Magistrate Clarke dismissed the charges against Rawlins and Browne but for Freeman he was given six months in prison for possession of cannabis with intent to supply, no sentence for possession of cannabis, two years for smuggling a firearm, four years for possession of ammunition, and five years for possession of a firearm. The sentences are to run concurrent.

The trio however are will face the Magistrate again in May to answer to the charge of possession of ammunition a charge that was issued a month before the latter offence.