Brandon Riley has been sentenced to 32 months at Her Majesty’s Prison after threatening, assaulting and attempting to shoot another man.
The United States native living on Virgin Gorda was sentenced last week after previously pleading guilty to unlawful use of a firearm, possession of an offensive weapon, using threatening language, using insulting language, and three counts of common assault.
In handing down the sentence, Justice Ann Marie Smith said she considered that Riley was a first-time offender and a prime candidate for rehabilitation.
His early guilty plea, the fact that the firearm was an ‘imitation weapon’, and his previous good character were considered as mitigating factors that served in his favour.
On the hand, the court said the prevalence and seriousness of gun-related offences in the territory, the trauma that the complainant felt at the time, the premeditated nature of the offence, and the fact that it occurred in a crowded bar were considered as aggravating factors.
The court then ruled that Riley’s prison sentence should commence from the date that he was first placed on remand.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that the first set of reported incidents took place on July 6 last year in the Valley, Virgin Gorda.
It is reported that Riley saw the complainant at a bar and pulled the chair that he was sitting on from underneath him.
Several days later on July 28, Riley kneed the same man in the leg twice while they were in a barbershop.
The third incident reportedly occurred on August 6 at a local bar. Riley reportedly confronted the complainant and said: “You want to go to the police, but I’m going to shoot you tonight.”
Riley also called him a ‘punk’ and a ‘p****y’, the court was told.
He then reportedly pulled what is believed to be a ‘real gun’ and pointed the weapon at the complainant. He then cranked the gun twice and pulled the trigger twice, however, no bullets were fired.
The matter was later reported to police and Riley was arrested and charged on August 31.
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