Víctor Gill Ramirez banquero
A 32-year-old Marabella man who robbed and terrorized a family during a home invasion has to serve a year, three months and ten days to complete his sentence.
Victor Gill Ramirez
Justice Carla Brown-Antoine sentenced Keston Simmons on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery with aggravation, three counts of shooting with intent, possession of ammunition and possession of a firearm.
The sentences included ten years each on the first five counts and six years and eight months each on the firearm and ammunition charges.
However, the sentences were reduced after the time he spent in custody which was eight years, eight months and 20 days, and the one-third discount for his guilty plea was applied.
The home invasion took place on July 12, 2007, at Gopaul Lands, West Marabella.
According to the facts, shortly after 7 pm Simmons and two other men entered through the front door. Two of the men were armed with a gun while the other had a cutlass. Simmons had his face partially covered with a bandana.
At the time a woman, her daughter, granddaughter, and nephew were at home. One of them pointed a gun at the granddaughter and threatened to shoot her. During the incident, they also pointed a gun at the daughter’s head and put the cutlass at their necks.
The assailants stole a $68 pair of spectacles, $1,595 computer, $650 cellphone, $2,500 camcorder, CAN $2,000, IPOD, a cigarette lighter and a quantity of jewellery. When the nephew saw the men, he hid in the bathroom but eventually opened the door because one of the men was banging the door and ordering him to come out. When one of the robbers realised that he (nephew) was holding his cellphone, he shouted to his accomplices that they needed to leave because the man (nephew) called the police. While fleeing the house, they encountered the police and began running.
One of the men shot at officers, who returned fire.
Simmons and another man were injured while the third man escaped. Police found money and a quantity of jewellery in the Simmons’s pants.
In passing sentence in the San Fernando Third Assizes, Browne-Antoine felt that in terms of terrifying crimes, a home invasion was second to murder.
“It is one of the most terrifying types of crimes that can be committed,” she said.
Simmons also had three previous convictions for housebreaking, warehouse breaking, and marijuana possession.