Mom fined for gun possession, jail awaits if she defaults

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The mother of four who pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a gun was ordered to pay a fine at her sentencing hearing before Magistrate Ngaio Emanuel-Edwards yesterday.

Saida Kelser Twila Joseph was ordered to pay $8,000 of the total $14,000 fine right away, and she has until September 30 to pay the balance.

The adjudicator told the convicted woman if she fails to pay the fine she would be jailed for 14 months.

Last week the police told the court they found the .22 Winchester Magnum rifle with Simmons 8-Point 4-12X40mm Riflescope wrapped in a sheet in a closet in the woman’s bedroom.

She had said she did not know what was in the sheet, but that someone gave her the item already wrapped up for her to keep and she agreed.

The 29-year-old Bendals woman had been jointly accused with her 60-year-old father, George Joseph, and 31-year-old brother, Kelsey Joseph, after police found the high-powered weapon and then recorded statements from the trio.

Since the young woman admitted guilt to the offence, the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm was withdrawn against her father and sibling who pleaded not guilty last week.

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