Guyana: Paralyzed teen jailed on gun charges, shooting at cop

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(NEWSROOM) – Eighteen-year-old Mark Anthony, who is now paralyzed after allegedly exchanging gunfire with an off-duty policeman during a robbery last September, was on Friday found guilty of three firearm related charges.

He was found guilty by Magistrate Dylon Bess for the possession of an illegal gun and ammunition and shooting at a policeman.

He has been on trial for close to six months. Magistrate Bess, after a probation hearing, ordered the teen to pay a fine of $100,000 for the possession of the illegal gun and $50,000 for the illegal ammunition along with a year imprisonment on each charge.

He was also sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for shooting at the officer. These sentences will run concurrently.

Anthony, during his court hearings, had to be brought to court by the police ambulance and carried by police officers in a stretcher.

He was shot in the back and is paralyzed from the waist down.

The court heard that on September 26, 2016 at Laing Avenue, Georgetown, Anthony had an unlicensed .38 revolver with three live rounds.

It is further alleged that on the same day, he discharged a loaded firearm at Police Officer Roger Pilgrim with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm.


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