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Robert Flores punished too harshly Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:00

Robert Flores, a 41-year-old fisherman, was tried at the Magistrate’s Court for handling stolen goods. Flores pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods on March 1, 2016 before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza.

The allegations against Flores are that on February 16, 2016, he dishonestly assisted in the retention of 12 bottles of Lindeman’s Chardonnay wines value $372.00, property of Premium Wines and Spirits. Pleading guilty typically results in leniency but Flores was initially sentenced to two years in prison for the crime since March 1, 2016.

After having served a year and five months of his sentence, Flores got good news at his inferior appeal before Supreme Court judge Shina Griffith. His 2 year sentence was replaced with a 3 months sentence. While there is nothing that can be done about the 1 year and 2 months extra that he served, Flores is happy to be out of jail.

Flores was excessively sentenced because the magistrate had taken into consideration other offenses committed by Flores although he was never convicted of those offenses.