Man gets sentenced to 18 months for possession of drugs and ammunition


Tribune Staff Reporter


A MAN was sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting to having 50 rounds of live ammunition and $8,500 worth of marijuana in his home last week.

Kelsey Cox, 28, and Lakeria Mott, 34, were charged with possession of ammunition with intent to supply and possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply.

The accused were arrested on July 6 after officers found 50 rounds of .40mm ammunition in their residence on West End Avenue. A further search of the premises uncovered 8lbs of Indian Hemp.

While Cox admitted to owning ammunition in a subsequent police interview, he did not comment on the drugs.

Before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson Pratt, Cox pleaded guilty to both charges, while Mott pleaded not guilty.

The charges against Mott were withdrawn.

The prosecution revealed that Cox has a prior cruelty to children conviction.

In his mitigation plea, attorney Alphonso Lewis said Cox is gainfully employed and the father of a ten-month-old son with another child on the way. The attorney also said the accused is remorseful for his actions. After noting Cox took full responsibility for his actions when his girlfriend denied the charges, Lewis asked the court to consider a fine instead of a custodial sentence for the drug charge.

Cox was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the ammunition and drug charges. He also faced a $8,000 fine for which failure to pay would result in an additional 12 months in jail.

 After being informed of his right to appeal within seven days, Cox was told he must return to court for a report on January 13, 2025.

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