BTB robber pleads guilty to 10 counts, sentenced to 46 years Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

Clarence LambOn Monday, September 16th, 23-year-old Clarence Lamb, who is still limping from a gunshot injury to his right leg, was sentenced to 46 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to 10 criminal offenses including seven counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery and 2 firearm related offenses for keeping a firearm and ammunition without a gun license.

When he was first charged Lamb had pleaded not guilty but on his reappearance he changed his plea to guilty. The Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith who heard his plea for leniency sentenced him to 12 years for robbery, two 10 years for the firearm related offenses and two years each for the 7 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm upon seven BTB employees including a cashier. The sentences are to run concurrently with each so Lamb will only be serving 12 years imprisonment.

In mitigation, Lamb told the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith, “I nuh have much to say, all I want to ask you for is leniency.” The Chief Magistrate asked him why she should be lenient on him and that’s when he said that the system makes things hard for him to get a job. When asked if he had finished school, Lamb told the Chief Magistrate, that he never did because he was expelled for fighting.

On January 2, 2013, at about 4:30 p.m., two Creole men entered the BTB building armed with a firearm. One of the men, identified as Lamb, then 22, pointed a firearm at cashier, Maria Zetina and demanded that she hand over the cash. Fearing for her life, Zetina complied with her attackers and handed over two cash pans containing a total of $1732.78. Present inside the rooms were 5 other persons, all BTB employees, identified as Shauma Hall, Arlo Cansino, Marlena Middleton, Javier Armando Parades, and Jacqueline Martinez. A sixth person, Edwin Torres, a security guard was also involved when he came face to face with the thieves and fired shots at them hitting Lamb once to the right leg. He fell to the ground and his accomplice ran off leaving him behind.

Lamb was then handed over to police and taken to the KHMH where he was under guard until he was discharged and later charged with robbery, aggravated assault and firearm and ammunition offenses.
This is Lamb’s first conviction for robbery, but second conviction for firearm offenses. Back in 2009, Lamb at the age of 18 was convicted of firearm and ammunition offenses and sentence to two years each.
Lamb's accomplice was never arrested.