Robber gets sentence with truckload of conditions

POSTED: 02/28/13 12:26 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in first Instance sentence Tyronne Dilon Wilson to a 36-month prison sentence with 3 years of probation. Of the sentence 27 months are suspended, though the court added a truckload of special conditions to the sentence.

On September 17 of last year, the now 18-year-old defendant robbed the Sunshine Supermarket. He threatened the staff with a gun and forced them to open the cash register.

After his arrest, the young man said that he had panicked because his mother told him he would have to leave her house because he had turned 18 in April. Without money and without a job, but with an addiction to marijuana, the defendant saw a robbery as his only way to get his hands on some money.

At an earlier court hearing in December, attorney Brenda Brooks asked for an evaluation of her young client. That evaluation – citing the defendant’s personal circumstances and condition, led prosecutor Dounia Benammar to mitigate her initial demand to a 326-month prison sentence with 18 months suspended. As special conditions, she demanded that the defendant be placed under supervision of the rehabilitation bureau, that he undergoes treatment at the Mental Health Foundation and that, after the conclusion of his detention, he reports for admission to Turning Point for a maximum period of one year to undergo treatment for his drug addiction.

Attorney Maria Hoeve who represented her colleague Brooks for the occasion, pointed to her client’s psychological condition. She urged the court not to impose any more prison time and to make a possible unconditional prison term equal to time already served.

Prosecutor Benammar objected to that idea, based on the seriousness of the charges.

Judge Tamara Tijhuis weighed the interests of retaliation against the defendant against his treatments and the interest of the community. “I will impose some sort of retaliation, but the only real solution is treatment,” the Judge ruled.

The conditions she attached to her ruling are ambulatory treatment by the Mental Health Foundation, admission to Turning Point for a period of one year upon his release from prison, anger management training and supervision by the rehabilitation bureau.

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