(CMR) Charles Walton III, who robbed two men at gunpoint earlier this year, has been sentenced to 4 years and one month in prison on one count and three years and one month on a second count. The sentences will run concurrently.
Walton reportedly robbed the two men just minutes apart after they left Bananas Bar in George Town, hitting both men before demanding their jewelry. He allegedly used stolen items to pay his debt to a drug dealer.
In the first incident, the 63-year-old victim was hit from behind, causing him to fall to the ground, where Walton ripped a chain valued at CI$1,200 from his neck and fled in a red car.
The second victim, a 24-year-old man, was attacked a few minutes later as he walked toward his motorcycle. The court heard that Walton put the barrel of the gun to his forehead and demanded his jewelry. He took jewelry valued at CI$3,300 before fleeing in a red car. The man was reportedly traumatized as he thought Walton would have killed him.
Walton pleaded guilty to both charges and has been in custody since police apprehended him in July. He was also charged with possession of an imitation gun with intent to commit the robberies.
The court heard that Walton was diagnosed with mental health issues as a child. The judge ordered an updated mental health assessment as recommended by the probation officer.
Walton, who had several run-ins with the law, was reportedly trying to turn his life around last year by getting a job; however, he resorted to old habits when he lost his job after being accused of an assault. He was acquitted in that case; however, he could not gain employment and became homeless.
The judge, who acknowledged that Walton was remorseful and was making an effort to turn his life around, urged him to take advantage of the opportunities in prison.