25-year-old Natalie Coleman given bail as notice of appeal is filed

vlcsnap-2013-02-22-18h59m57s7125-year-old Natalie Coleman, was convicted on January 3 of this year and sentenced to 5 years for possession of 4-16 gauge cartridges. But today, Coleman was given bail in the sum of $5,000 plus one surety of the same amount.    Her attorney, Anthony Sylvester, took the matter of bail to the magistrate court.   In his submission to the court, Anthony Sylvester asked the court for a stay of execution regarding her January 3, 2013 conviction as they have already filed a notice of appeal in the Supreme Court where the matter will be dealt with.  He asked the court to consider bail for several reasons including the fact that Coleman is 7 months pregnant. He also said that Coleman’s appeal has reasonable prospect of success and she had no prior record or had been before the court.   His main argument was that Coleman’s penalty was inhumane as the punishment does not fit the circumstances and the law indicates that her sentence upon conviction was nothing less than 5 years.  The minimum now for firearm and ammunition conviction is 5 years.  Before the amendment it was 2 years minimum.   In December 2011, Coleman along with her 22-year-old boyfriend, Randy Dominguez were charged jointly with one count of possession of ammunitions. Police claim they searched a home in Biscayne Village where they found 4 16-gauge cartridges inside the home.   At the time of the search, only Coleman was present but according to police, when they arrived at the home, Dominquez ran off making good his escape through a back door.  In November of 2012, Dominquez was acquitted of the charge leaving Coleman alone to stand trial which led to her conviction.

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