Guatemalan racks up offenses in court

A Guatemalan shoe shiner from the San Martin area of Belmopan found himself in trouble with the law in Belize city after first being caught with crack cocaine and then trying to evade police. 32 year old Victor Sagastume is serving concurrent sentences amounting to ten months in prison on multiple charges. He pleaded guilty to possession of controlled substances, specifically 0.2 grams of crack cocaine; escape from lawful custody; aggravated assault on a police officer; resisting arrest; and wounding, for biting a police officer on his finger while they tried to subdue him.  Magistrate Deborah Rogers ordered jail time for Sagastume as he is not a Belizean citizen and she deemed him a risk to not pay any possible fines and leave the jurisdiction. The drug possession drew the heaviest sentence at ten months, followed by 8 months for wounding, 6 months for escape, 6 months for aggravated assault and 4 months for resisting arrest. Served consecutively they would have vlcsnap-2016-04-12-10h46m29s514added up to nearly three years behind bars. Sagastume was in the area of Taylor’s Alley on Sunday, April 11 when police on mobile patrol nearby approached and stopped him to conduct a search. Sagastume, police say, began to behave disorderly as police recovered a green do-rag containing the suspected crack cocaine. Sagastume refused to obey officers as they escorted him to Precinct 1 on Euphrates Avenue and as they arrived there he tried to make a break for it, but did not get very far. As they caught up with him he bit an officer on his finger.

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