2011 robbery accused convicted

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On Tuesday, man and a minor, accused of the April 2011 robbery of a conductor for James Bus Service of Punta Gorda, were found guilty of the charge by Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer.

25 year old Samuel Bevans was given a jail term of seven years, and his 15-year-old minor accomplice was sentenced to 5 years in absentia, despite having no previous convictions, because he was not showing up at court.

Samuel Bevans will also serve a concurrent sentence of three years on each count of keeping a firearm and ammunition without a gun license. Charges of handling stolen goods in alternative to robbery were withdrawn.

On April 15, 2011 near Rogers Stadium on Cemetery Road, Belize City, two persons, one of whom carried a firearm, accosted conductor Ernest Mangar and stole his purse containing $1,000. Samuel Bevans and the minor were apprehended shortly after the robbery, and a .22 pistol and ammunition as well as the stolen money was recovered from Bevans.

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