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UPDATE: King gets 30 months on firearm & landing charges, court to seize vessel

Inniss & Belle sentenced eight months in prison
The three men explained to the court that they had no intentions of docking in Tortola, but they were running low on fuel so they did. They are to appear at the Magistrate’s Court for sentencing on August 2, 2012. Photo: VINO/ File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Three men of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), who were charged for illegal entry and possession of fire arm and explosives, were sentenced today August 2, 2012, at the Magistrate’s Court, where the alleged captain of the boat Camille W. King, 33 of St. Thomas, received 30 months that is to be served in Her Majesty’s Prison, while his crew members Germaine O. Bell Jr., 22, of St. Thomas and Kimo Inniss, 21 of St. Croix, received 8 months each.

According to the sentencing requirements of the Court that was handed down by Magistrate Tamia Richards, Mr. King, who pleaded guilty to all 11 charges brought against him on July 23, 2012, received 4 months for possession of explosives; 4 months for possession of explosives 19 9mm rounds luger ammunition; 4 months for possession of explosives 5 round point 30 ammunition; 8 months for landing in the Territory without permission of an immigration officer; 24 months for keeping unlicensed firearm Smith and Wesson 357 magnum; 24 months for keeping unlicensed firearm Glock 26; 30 months illegal importation of firearm Glock 26; 30 months for illegal importation of firearm Smith and Wesson 357 Magnum; pay $1300 or serve 4 months for importation of explosives 5 rounds point 38 caliber ammunition; pay $1300 or serve 4 months for importation of explosives 19 9mm round luger ammunition; and pay $1300 or serve 4 months for importation of explosives 11 rounds 9mm luger ammunition.

Two separate charges were also brought against him by the Commissioner of Police, he was ordered to pay $6000 or 6 months in prison each, for unlawful importation of goods at a place other than a Customs port and cause of vessel to arrive at a place other than a Customs port.

Sentences are to run concurrently and from the date Mr. King was first remanded.

Mr. Belle and Mr. Inniss were sentenced to serve 8 months in prison for their guilty pleas for Landing in the Territory without permission of an Immigration Officer.

The other 10 charges were dropped against both men in a previous court hearing, due to insufficient evidence brought against them.

Prior to their sentencing, information presented to the court by Crown Counsel Representative Christlyn Benjamin, stated that a notice of seizure was given to Mr. King from the Customs Department, for the seizure of the vessel that brought the men to Tortola, namely, Frenchman’s Cay.

The defendant is to return to Court on September 17, 2012 with the boat owner for report.

It is alleged that on July 18, 2012, local officers in plain clothes observed the three males in the vicinity of Frenchman’s Cay where they docked and asked for identification from the strangers.

Report given to the Court further stated that, Mr. King, who was the captain of the boat as indicated by the Crown, told the officers that he and his crew were sailing, when the boat ran out of fuel. Allegedly, Mr. King also told the officers that Mr. Inniss knew someone on the island, who can help them to get fuel, which resulted in his reason for docking.

The Court understood that it was then officers boarded the vessel and found the firearms and explosives.

The Crown informed the Court that when asked by the Police who the guns belong to, Mr. King allegedly said that he had no idea.

In mitigation to the facts given to the Court prior to sentencing, Mr. King informed Magistrate Richards that they had no intentions of coming to the “BVI”. He told the Court that his reason for stopping is because the boat ran out of fuel.

The 33-year old man furthered stated that the only reason he pleaded guilty was to get “this over with” and he doesn’t want any trouble. He also told the Court that he has no idea how the weapons and explosives got on the boat.

9 Responses to “UPDATE: King gets 30 months on firearm & landing charges, court to seize vessel ”

  • Shara Parlin (24/07/2012, 09:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    • zzzzzzzz (02/08/2012, 15:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      give the man a break he had to say something.
    • merika huggins (02/08/2012, 18:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Shara Parlin dnt throw stones if you live in a glass door. everybody have their own skeleton in their closet that no one know about. you dnt know what god have plan for you are your family.
      • cut the check (03/08/2012, 08:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        And what if they didn't got caught and got away with killing someone over here would u have defend them as well? If u only know what kind of guns them man had there and powerful handguns too u wouldn't say that. Every week someone in St Thomas getting gun down and u somewhat here defending them u gotta be crazy. Everybody have skeletons but regular ppl don't walk around with all of those guns and armor, I think they got off easy.
    • Taquashiaa thouu (06/08/2012, 21:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      First off , all yall just need tu shut tha hell up if yall ain no shit . My man ; cuz in law (&) their boy had no intentions on doingg anythingg illegal . My bbe has a 3month ol' princess that he is livingg for ; my cuz has his kids tu deal w. so trust (&) believe murderingg someone / commitingg a crime was the last thingg on their mindd . (&) so RUST if Kingg got 30months yall niggas would b blow mind if that shit was someone relatedd tu yall . At least they thuggingg shit out up there ' unlike some punk as niggas that wouldnt dare own up tu a damn thingg . Just shut tha F____ upp like on some real shit !
  • SHELIA (02/08/2012, 15:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • eat meat (02/08/2012, 22:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so what else they run out of beside gas?
  • Nuts (04/08/2012, 17:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    These people at the courts must be nuts. Why you think these murders of the vi can't be solved. These people coming in , doing there crime and leaving. the person who past that sentence also needs to get 30 months in there a$$. This is PURE BULL. I wonder who got paid off now.

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