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Man gets 28-year sentence following Portland gun bust

Published:Thursday | October 9, 2014 | 5:05 PM

Denver Bernard, one of seven men who were charged in connection with the seizure of 18 firearms and ammunition in Buff Bay, Portland in July last year has been sentenced to a total of 28 years in prison.

However, he will only spend 18 years behind bars because the sentences on the various counts will run at the same time.

Last Friday, Bernard, pleaded guilty to the charges of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition when he appeared in the Home Circuit Court.

Yesterday, he returned for his sentencing and was sentenced to a total of 28 years in prison by the presiding judge Justice Leighton Pusey.

Bernard was represented by attorney-at-law Tom Tavares-Finson.

The remaining six men will return to court on December 8 for trial.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Devon Watkis, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, in commending the investigating team, urged them to continue to ensure that the quality of preparation and presentation of cases are maintained at standards that will influence these outcomes.


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