Wilfred Martinez free of possession of an unlicensed firearm Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

On Tuesday April 18, Wilfredo Martinez, a 28 year old Salvadoran national, was sent home free of his charge for possession of an unlicensed firearm after 5 months in prison. In court before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith, he pleaded guilty with an explanation that he was holding the firearm for his boss. Smith took the explanation in consideration and sentenced him to five months in prison.

On Monday, November 17, 2016, Martinez was seen by PC Steven Flowers and other officers running with a 12 gauge shotgun. Flowers and the other officers responded to information received in St. Anne’s village. They visited the old Maskall road near Melissa Arnold’s home where they saw a Hispanic male running through some bushes with a firearm.

The police pursued the man who was found hiding in the bushes. He was detained and searched and later identified as Wilfredo Martinez. The firearm was found a few feet away and Martinez was charged and remanded since November 2016.

In court, Martinez claimed that his boss asked him to hold his firearm for him. He claims he asked if he needed a license to hold the weapon. Allegedly, the boss responded that it was not a problem because he had a license. According to Martinez, that is when someone called the police on him.

In court, Smith informed him that if he pleaded guilty at this time, he would be getting a deal. Martinez pleaded guilty to the charge. Given the circumstances of the case and given that he had no prior conviction of that nature, he was only sentenced to five months, which he already served. Martinez is now free of any prison time.