(CMR) A man who used an imitation firearm to scare persons at an East End residence last year was sentenced to 4 years and six months in prison on Friday after he was found guilty of possession of an imitation firearm.
Dalton Benjamin Robinson Jr. (25), who had numerous previous convictions, including for a similar offense, was sentenced by Justice Cheryll Richards, who said a strong message had to be sent to Robinson and must serve as a deterrent to similar offenses.
Robinson, the father of a six-year-old, was only released from prison in 2021 after serving time for the 2018 robbery of a bartender after she left work at the Everglo Bar in Bodden Town.
During his sentencing on Friday, Justice Richards said he had responded poorly to rehabilitation over the years. Time already served in custody will be taken into account.
While taking into consideration that he had a traumatic childhood, the judge said he had previous convictions of a similar nature, although at a very young age.”
She said Robinson's use of the imitation firearm was deliberately done to frighten the householders and that he was also at a high risk of reoffending.
Police reports are that on Sunday afternoon, 19 June, officers responded to a report of an incident involving a firearm at an address on Sea View Road, East End. It was reported that Robinson had knocked on the door of the residence, then brandished what appeared to be a firearm, but was unable to gain entry and left the location before the arrival of the police.
The following day, Monday, 20 June, police received a report that he had once again attended the address and was sitting in a vehicle parked across the street. The officers attended and searched the vehicle. During the search, officers recovered an item resembling a firearm, which was later determined to be a realistic replica of a 9mm pistol.