Main Street resident Michael Ashby was sentenced to 32 months at Her Majesty’s Prison for burglarizing a home and a restaurant earlier this year.
Magistrate Shawn Innocent imposed the custodial sentence when the offender appeared in court on Monday.
He was given 20 months for breaking into a Diamond Estate residence and taking of three flat-screen televisions on June 16. The house was said to be under repairs at the time of the incident.
A further breakdown of the sentence shows Ashby being slapped with an additional 12 months in prison for breaking and entering a restaurant in Baugher’s Bay on May 15, and stealing stole close to $900 worth of alcoholic beverages.
Magistrate Innocent ordered that his prison sentence start from the day he was first remanded — August 15.
The custodial sentences will run concurrently, meaning he will serve the two sentences at the same time and NOT back-to-back.
Ashby’s 32-month sentence is the result of a discount on what could have been a harsher penalty, Magistrate Innocent said. The magistrate said Ashby’s early guilty plea and show of remorse qualified him for the discount.
The magistrate said Ashby being imprisoned and not fined serves as a deterrent to like-minded offenders.
Prior to being sentenced, Ashby had read a letter to the court asking for leniency, describing his actions as a “stupid mistake that will not happen again”.
Attorney-at-law Reynela Rawlins represented Ashby.
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