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BREAKING NEWS: Teen fined thousands of dollars for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition

By SNO Staff

Kerlan Leon

Eighteen-year-old Kerlan Leon has been fined a total of $22,000 for the possession of a Mac-11 firearm and 11 rounds of ammunition.

Leon was sentenced in the Gros Islet First District Court today, Wednesday, July 12.

The Gros Islet resident, who is represented by lawyer Lorne Theophilus, had pleaded guilty on June 19, 2017 to the possession of an illegal firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

In court on Wednesday, he was fined $15,000 for the firearm possession charge and $7,000 for the ammunition possession charge.

Law enforcement sources told St. Lucia News Online that Leon is scheduled to begin payment of the fines on August 31, 2017. In default, he will spend six months in prison. It was not immediately clear how long he was given to pay off the fines.

The court also ordered him to keep the peace for the next three years or spend six months in prison if he breaks that order, as well as to be enrolled in an educational/skills programme – spearheaded by the supervision of the probations office/department.

Police said the teen was arrested around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14 during a routine police patrol on Chapel Street, Gros Islet.

Initially, the police reported that he was caught with a Tec-9 firearm.

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32 comments

  1. Why cant the pólice try to determine the origin of that gun. HE didnt pick it off the streets. More people are involved, make him talk.

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  2. Yes the whole world have read this now and can see justice was has prevail and St Lucia scale of justice works. Now if only the other gruesome crimes would remain center stage this long and not wipe off the front page in 24hr in the name of protecting the brand.

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  3. And where is he gonna get that money to pay the fine??? My guess is as good as yours.

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  4. I think the verdict was fair enough.the fine is alot of money.sending this young man to jail is not the solution.he would only graduate to be worst than he is the judge gave him an opportunity to take a different road.already he had a taste of Bordelaise on remand.he is only eighteen and is given a chance to take a better road and change his life.i wish him the best .and I hope his family gives him support.he has to learn a trade go to school.whether he wants to or not.boy go for it.you will become a better man
    Bravo to whoever the magistrate was.

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  5. And then we Blane police for escalating crime.

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  6. They should charge him more money

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  7. cant even grow a beard yet but he want Mac!!

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  8. Lorne teeway chee lot...u bad so

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  9. Rudolf-rednose-mongrel

    I am no lawyer..
    But the way I see it that law should be amended forthwith
    Where anyone who is found with a fire arm on their person should be fine along with a jail term.

    (18)(3)
    • Although this sounds like a stiff penalty for this young chap, given the businesses behind him, that amount is merely pocket change. The drug industry is a worldwide billion dollar business. Any foot soldier, as this boy most certainly is, can pay that to protect the higher-ups in the chain. Needless to say, when you become a liability or a weak link in the chain, they execute you point blank style. They set you up. They land in the morning. Then, they take another flight that same day or a get away by sea, in the evening. Death stalks all those who are foolish enough to engage in this lifestyle.

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  10. And all u think the lawyers want less crime n guns on the streets? I am pretty sure n convinced now that the lawyers are the ones bringing in those guns. This lawyer must hv gotten pd a good sum. So no wonder when the lawyers in power none of them try to reduce guns and crime. Btw I remember a guy getting charged $5,000 after shooting a youth in g islet about 2 years ago. I really don't understand the law in St. Lucia. Is it that Lorne ain't a good enough lawyer.

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  11. WOW WOW WOW... LOOKS LKE I SHOULD GET MYSELF A MAC 11 BOIIIII... JUDGE GWAN LET ME GO ABOUT MY BUSINESS PAY A LIKKLE 20 GRAND.... WOW!

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  12. Makes no sense for him to pay the $22,000 as it is much easier to do the six (6) months on lock down. I'm sure in 6 months he can't make more than $22,000 anyways. That $22,000 is better off in his pockets.

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    • 6 months will b reduced if he does the time cuz of their calculations....1 year is 8 months so 6 months would b 4 ...id do a lil time of free food n cool out

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  13. 6 months lol , Cant believe this shit,is like the law is for the criminals.you think this fella and his home boys walking around with these high powered weapons to shoot ducks? the law f---suck.the law,politics are just a whole bunch of bull sh--

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    • You don't know if "fella" has even killed anyone so why should they charge him more year for gun possession, people like you wanna keep young people in jail and wonder why the youth resort to such thing smh uplift the youth don't down them

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    • You don't know if "fella" has even killed anyone so why should they charge him more year for gun possession, people like you wanna keep young people in jail and wonder why the youth resort to such thing smh uplift the youth don't down them

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  14. Every round should be considered a murdered victim

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  15. So send him jail what u getting out of this smh y'all think jail helps kids or teens they get beaver because they know how it stay and if I can do it again they so I live that they going to out him in something to better his life style than jail

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  16. We need to pray more and love our fellow brothers & sisters. To much young ppl especially our young men are lost. Sad.

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  17. So finally the police know the difference between a MAC-11 and a TEC-9. smh.

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  18. 6 months ??????

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  19. If you don't learn from them you will never learn. Put down the damn guns and find something constructive to do

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  20. What about jail time! Doesn't possession of an illegal firearm carry a fine and confine penalty??? This system is so twisted! I realized whenever certain lawyers are involved in cases of this nature,the accused normally gets of with a slap on the wrist!

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    • he is still a teenager. Judges can give any sentence they want. Jail time may not help, reform can take on many forms.

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      • This young person is so handsome, I wish he would change his ways. He has the potential. But he must be willing to make the changes.

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  21. Lawyer..........Lorne.

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    • I think the verdict was fair enough.the fine is alot of money.sending this young man to jail is not the solution.he would only graduate to be worst than he is the judge gave him an opportunity to take a different road.already he had a taste of Bordelaise on remand.he is only eighteen and is given a chance to take a better road and change his life.i wish him the best .and I hope his family gives him support.he has to learn a trade go to school.whether he wants to or not.boy go for it.you will become a better man
      Bravo to whoever the magistrate was.

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