Kayla Powery Hewitt was given a suspended sentence Thursday on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm related to a shooting outside Fete Night Club in February of last year.
Mrs. Hewitt, 22, was charged following the discovery of a photo on a smartphone depicting her and her husband, Kashwayne Hewitt, in possession of the weapon. Mr. Hewitt was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment in December last year for causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Mr. Hewitt, 21, was acquitted of attempted murder. He pleaded guilty to possession of an unlicensed firearm and received a concurrent sentence of nine years.
Police investigating the shooting at Fete Night Club followed a trail to a West Bay residence and after conducting a search, they found a Colt .45 firearm stashed in the cistern of a toilet.
Police also found a phone while conducting that search, and on that phone, they found a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Hewitt holding the gun investigators believed was used in the Fete Night Club shooting. Mr. Hewitt is seen holding the gun with his arm draped around Mrs. Hewitt, and she is holding on to the edge of the weapon.
When interviewed by police, Mrs. Hewitt alleged that she was asked to attend a particular location and forced to take part in the picture holding the firearm.
Mrs. Hewitt, who recently had a baby, stood before Justice Michael Wood Thursday and listened as he passed sentence. The judge conceded that Mrs. Hewitt may have been subject to coercion and threats by her husband, and he said that if she had gone to trial, her sentence could have been just over two years.
Justice Wood sentenced Mrs. Hewitt to 18 months but suspended the sentence for two years, and he warned her that any offense committed in the interim would almost surely result in imprisonment.
“Keep out of trouble for your child’s sake,” he said. “Beware of keeping your husband’s company.”