In the court of Justice Adolph Lucas, 25 year old Kenroy Young pleaded guilty last week to five counts of uttering on a false document in respect of cheques he cashed in Belize City and Belmopan in 2011. Those were cheques that he took illegally from Regent Insurance Company.
On Tuesday, he was sentenced to 4 years for each count, ordered to run concurrently to each other and consecutively to the sentence of 7 years he is currently serving for convictions of burglary and handling stolen goods. This means that he will serve four years in addition to the seven year sentence for a total of 11 years behind bars.
Kenroy Young’s sentence was 5 years for each count, but Justice Lucas deducted 1 year for each count because Young pleaded guilty and saved the court time. Before he passed sentence, on Monday Justice Lucas heard a plea for mitigation from Young in which Young expressed remorse for what he had done. Kenroy Young told Justice Lucas that while his family did not bring him up to lie, deceive and steal, a habit of gambling which he started at the age of 18 led him to a life of crime, and breaking his family’s honor.
Kenroy Young cited his role as Belize’s Youth Ambassador to the United Nations and a founding member of the Belize Federation of Youth Ambassadors, and said that if he is sent to jail he will serve his time and upon release intends to pursue a career as an attorney. He said these past mistakes will not be obstacles to prevent him from achieving his goal.
On Tuesday Justice Lucas said that it would be an injustice to Young and the court if he was to mete out fines, because Young is presently serving time in prison. He also noted that that the four previous convictions that Young has for crimes of dishonesty are aggravating factors against him and the aggravating factors outweigh the mitigating factors.
On November 15, 2008, Kenroy Young was charged with 5 counts of uttering upon a false document. Young had cashed 5 forged cheques between November 5 and November 13, 2008. The payer was Regent Insurance Company Limited and his intention was to defraud JL’s Quick Loan and Belize Bank Limited. Two of the cheques were for $5,000, two were for $2,200 and one was for $1,350 for a total of $15,750.