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‘Masa’ Pemberton sentenced to 2 years in jail; 3-year suspended sentence

- was found guilty of firearm & ammunition possession
Local entertainment promoter and social network personality Ramoamasagana ‘Masa’ Pemberton will be spending two years behind bars for gun and ammunition possession. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola VI - Radio and social network personality Ramoamasagana ‘Masa’ Pemberton has been sentenced to two years behind bars for gun and ammunition charges, after he was found guilty earlier this year.

That time behind bar in this matter; however, is conditional.

On December 7, 2017 Magistrate Ayanna O. Baptiste-DaBreo ordered that Pemberton spends two years in prison for keeping an unlicensed firearm, in addition to a three-year suspended sentence in relation to the same crime.

Additionally, he is sentenced to six months for possession of ammunition, which runs concurrently with the other sentences.

The suspended sentence means that should Pemberton be found guilty of any offense/s that lands him in the court of law he will have to serve three years.

Magistrate Baptiste-DaBreo on Friday May 19, 2017 found Pemberton guilty of keeping an unlicensed firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition when she claimed that the evidence against the young Virgin Islander was overwhelming.

The court was convinced that the fingerprints found on various parts of the weapon, including the gun trigger, handgrip, trigger guard, and the magazine were confirmed to be that of Mr Pemberton.

Magistrate Baptiste-DaBreo did not buy Masa's version that he discovered the weapon near his Purcell Estate, Tortola residence, and examined it, hence the reason his fingerprints were on the gun.

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