JAMAICA-COURT-Policeman sentenced to 191 years in prison

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC  – A policeman convicted on 19 of 32 charges relating to a series of robberies against returning residents has been sentenced to 191 years in prison.

Constable Horace Roberts, 39, was sentenced to seven years on each count of seven charges of illegal possession of firearm; 12 years each for 11 counts of robbery with aggravation and five years for two counts of illegal possession of ammunition.

Roberts will serve 12 years as the sentences will run concurrently.

His two accomplices who appeared with him in the Gun Court, Robert Hurd and Richard Ewart, were sentenced to 91 years and 81 years respectively.

The three were arrested in December 2005 when the car in which they were travelling was stopped by a police party. Two firearms, including Roberts’ personal handgun, were seized as well as a stash of Jamaica, American, Canadian and British currencies.

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