Merren's family asks for earlier sentencing time

The family of a Cayman Islands businessman who faces jail time after pleading guilty to a cocaine shipping conspiracy in Puerto Rico has asked that his sentence time be changed by the court.

Gilroy Bryce Merren is scheduled for sentencing next week on U.S. federal court charges that he attempted to conspire with undercover law enforcement agents to ship cocaine from Puerto Rico and launder money earned from the drug sale proceeds through businesses located in Cayman and Curacao.

The identity of the undercover agents was not known to Merren up until the time of his arrest.

He could get up to 10 years’ imprisonment on the conspiracy charge.

Merren’s sentencing time on June 25 was initially set for 4:30 p.m., but court records indicate family members who wish to be present for the sentencing have asked to make it earlier in the day so they may “be able to make the flight back to [the] Cayman Island[s].”

As of Thursday afternoon, the judge had not yet ruled on the request.