The businessman who police found driving with an unlicensed semi-automatic gun last year has been sentenced to 66 months in prison.
Allison Vanterpool was also slapped with an additional four-month prison sentence for the four bullets that were uncovered with the weapon.
Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards ordered that the sentence run concurrently (at the same time).
However, Vanterpool will also have to pay a $500 fine for unlawful possession of cannabis.
On July 25 last year, Vanterpool was driving with a male passenger on Waterfront Drive in Road Town when a police officer patrolling on a motorbike smelt burning marijuana emanating from their vehicle.
The officer subsequently rode alongside the vehicle and ordered Vanterpool to pull over. The offender complied and both men exited the vehicle.
Police asked if they had anything illegal and the men allegedly turned over a quantity of marijuana.
The cops then searched the vehicle and recovered a bag, which Vanterpool said belonged to him.
While one of the law enforcers searched the bag, Vanterpool reportedly became rowdy and tried to grab it away.
He had to be restrained, the court heard. Police then recovered a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and four rounds of ammunition during a further search of the bag.
Both men were taken into custody. However, Vanterpool accepted full ownership of the weapon.
The businessman claimed he procured the weapon for ‘protection’.
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