Terry also received an additional four years – to run concurrently – for aggravated criminal trespass, after having pleaded guilty to both charges.
The charges stem from an incident that took place on 1 February in which Terry, along with four other men, were observed driving into the Caribbean Club in two vehicles.
One of the men got out of one of the cars and began removing the licence plates, the court was told. Some of the men then drove away, leaving the vehicle with no plates behind, at which time a witness contacted the resort manager to tell him what he had observed.
The men who drove away returned to the scene a short time later only to have the gate locked behind them, trapping them inside the premises. The individuals then jumped out of the car and started running.
Terry was observed with a green bag, according to Crown Counsel Candia James.
She said Terry was seen walking behind the villas, where a green bag was subsequently found, which contained a loaded Glock, gloves and a bandana. The gun was found to have a magazine with 8 rounds in it. Upon being sent for analysis, the gun was found to have Terry’s DNA pre-sent on it. A further search of the vehicle turned up a magazine and a holster, in addition to a ski mask and another pair of gloves being found in the trunk.
In sentencing Terry for the offences, Justice Alexander Henderson said the evidence showed that armed robbery was the intent, which he described as an aggravating factor in the possession of the unlicensed firearm. He added that a conviction for marijuana consumption would not be a factor in his sentence.
He said his motives in reaching sentence were based on general deterrence of others from committing similar offences, specific deterrence with regard to Terry, protection of society and rehabilitation.
“He is a mature 25-year-old; not a youth who might receive some special credit for being of a young age,” said Justice Henderson, who added that protection of the public was his greatest concern. The judge said Terry had to be removed from society to protect people from any acts he may get involved with.