Minor takes rap for firearm

vlcsnap-2015-11-27-11h08m02s153A 17 year old minor from West Lake community has told the courts that he obtained a gun for self-protection and fears for his life. However, the Gang Suppression Unit’s discovery of the firearm, ammunition and marijuana landed the minor and two adults, including cousin Sherman Samuels, 18, and friend, 20 year old bike shop owner Shakedi Baizar. Police officers from the Gang Suppression Unit visited the Mile 8 vlcsnap-2015-11-27-11h08m13s4community West Lake area, yesterday, Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at about 3:00 p.m., and at Baizar’s shop found the trio inside as well as a silver.380 caliber pistol, along with 6 live rounds of ammunition and a transparent plastic bag containing 51 grams of weed which was found stash inside a speaker in the shop. The trio were all escorted to the Hattieville Police Station and charged jointly with the offenses of keeping an unlicensed firearm, unlicensed ammunition and possession of controlled drugs.   In court,  the 17 year old pleaded guilty to being the owner of the gun, telling Magistrate Carlon Mendoza that he got it from a friend who went away to the U.S. and left him with it.  He said he has been using it for protection for his life because someone wants to kill him. Both of the teenage accused are prior offenders and even the minor’s age is not certain, as both his parents died 10 years ago and they had given him away to foster parents without first registering his birth. While his guilty plea for the weapon has been accepted in court, the other two, Samuels and Baizar who pleaded not guilty to the firearm and ammunition offenses were all remanded into custody until December 10, 2015. The trio however, all pleaded guilty to possession of 51 grams of weed but Magistrate Mendoza has deferred sentencing until December 10, 2015. The minor’s family has been asked to provide identification to establish his real age.

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