Guilty of Possession of Prohibited Firearm Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 December 2012 00:00

Kareem Harvey, Christopher Sosa and Ashton AndersonOn Monday, December 10th, two of three Belize City men busted at a home in the Port Loyola area on June 19th, 2011 in possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition were found guilty in Magistrate's Court. They had been charged jointly with possession of a .40 pistol with an empty magazine, and a .38 revolver loaded with 4 live rounds.

The men, Kareem Harvey, Christopher Sosa and, Ashton Anderson  had been jointly charged with firearms and ammunition offenses but of the three, Harvey and Sosa were convicted while Anderson was found not guilty. The men were sentenced to 5 years in prison on each count by the Chief Magistrate. All told, it adds up to 15 years in prison; however, because the charges stem from a single incident, they will spend only 5 years in prison since the sentences are to run concurrently.

The bust was made on June 19th, 2011, after a shooting incident. Arresting officer, Aniber Castellanos, testified during the trial that on that day, at about 11:35 a.m., he was alerted of a shooting incident where two suspects were involved.

As a result, he proceeded to #9867 Jane Usher Boulevard in the Port Loyola area, the home of Kareem Harvey. Upon his arrival with a team of 7 other police officers, they cordoned the home of Harvey. Inside Harvey’s home, they met Harvey, Sosa and Anderson.

Upon the arrival of CIB personnel, police conducted a search of the perimeter which led to the recovery of a .38 revolver, a .40 caliber pistol and 4 live rounds of .38 ammunitions and a single 9 mm bullet. The guns and ammunition were found under the verandah of the wooden house where Harvey resided.

In their defense, Harvey told the court in an unsworn statement from the dock that he had no idea where the firearms were, but admitted that he was living there at the time.

Sosa told the court that he had arrived at the house shortly before the search and that he had no knowledge of the guns and ammunition being under the house.

Anderson, who was acquitted, told the court that he only went to the house that day to borrow CD when the police came and found him at the house.

Both Harvey and Sosa said in the trial that Anderson had just arrived at the home when the police came shortly after and did a search and made the discovery.