(CMR) Marcus Steve Manderson (35) and Thalia Barnes (26), arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm in 2021, have been sentenced to 11.5 years and 10 years in prison, respectively. The couple was also sentenced to 12 months for possession of ammunition, with the sentences to run concurrently.
The police reported that on 9 December 2021, officers from various units executed a search warrant at a residence on Bodden Town Road. During the search, a handgun, as well as a magazine containing ammunition, was located by the search team. Manderson and Barnes were arrested and charged in relation to the find.
The police are hoping that these and other recent sentences handed down in the Grand Court will deter others from committing these offenses.
On Tuesday, Luisto Hernandez (28) was sentenced to 21 years for attempted murder and 12 years for possession of an unlicensed firear.m
“These sentences reflect the serious consequences of violent crime, particularly firearm crime, and we hope this will serve as a deterrent to those persons presently involved in these ongoing firearm incidents,” Chief Superintendent Brad Ebanks said.
“These sentences also demonstrate our island's continued commitment to protecting our communities from these appalling crimes by pursuing and bringing the perpetrators to justice,” he added.