Jewels Forever robber sentenced to 7 years

POSTED: 04/18/13 2:51 PM

St. Maarten – There was good news and bad news for Gilbert Chevalier and Johan Alberto Romney in the Court in First Instance yesterday but when everything was said and done both defendants were sent away with 7 years of imprisonment for different armed robberies and firearm possession.

The court acquitted Chevalier, who turns 20 next week Monday, of an armed robbery on March 12, 2011 whereby a man was robbed of his golden necklace. But Chevalier was found guilty of a robbery at Jewels Forever on October 24, 2011, robbing a man of his golden necklace on June 20, 2011, and of ill-treating a man with a machete on March 20, 2011.

For these crimes, the court sentenced the defendant to 5 years and 6 months. The court also ruled that an 18 month conditional sentence, stemming from a January 26, 2011 conviction, be executed. This brings the total sentence for Chevalier to 7 years.

Romney, 22, also earned a 7-year prison sentence, even though he was acquitted of taking part in the Jewels Forever armed robbery. The court found Romney guilty of firearm possession on two different occasions. On July 16, 2011 he had a Lorcin 380-caliber pistol and a 357 caliber Magnum revolver at his disposal and on November 19 of the same year he was caught with a .45 caliber Glock model 30 pistol. Almost two weeks earlier, on November 7, Romney committed an armed robbery whereby a man was robbed of a golden necklace. On June 20 he committed a similar crime against a different victim.

The court concluded that Chevalier lied to the police and to the court when he denied that his nickname is G-code. The court found sufficient evidence to the contrary. The denial was designed to hide the truth that he was involved in the Jewels Forever robbery, the court noted.

Chevalier also has to serve an 18-month suspended sentence that he earned in January 2011 for the near fatal stabbing on November 3, 2009 and for a burglary. The court imposed 240 hours of community service.

The Court of Guardianship reported already on November 26, 2011 that it had made several attempts to get in touch with Chevalier for the execution of the community service. All these attempts failed and in the end the prosecutor’s office saw no other option than to demand the execution of the prison sentence.

Chevalier has been in trouble with the law since 2008 when he was just 15. In June of 2009 he was sentenced to conditional TBR being put at the disposal of the government) and four months later he was involved in the near fatal stabbing.


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