Teenager slips up again with nail gun holdup

POSTED: 04/19/12 12:34 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced17-year-old Jeremiah Chevon Mills to 18 months imprisonment and 2 years of probation. Of the sentence, 15 months are suspended. Mills will also have to perform the remaining hours of community service from an earlier conviction.

In October of last year Mills was sentenced for taking part in a burglary at a home in beacon Hill. He was sentenced to a 3-month conditional prison sentence, 80 hours of community service, supervision by the court of guardianship and obligatory participation in the Victorious Living Foundation’s youth entrepreneurship program.

In October, the teenager said that he did not remember entering the house in Beacon Hill, because he had been drunk.

In the current case, Mills owed $700 to someone for ganja and his creditor was threatening him to come up with the money. On February 21, he went to Global Wealth Trade, a multi level marketing company, pretending he wanted to sign up for their program. He even gave the GWT-rep his name and address before pulling a nail gun on her and demanding that she give him some of the store’s expensive watches and jewelry.

“I have seventeen rounds in here and I prefer not to use them,” he apparently said to the rep when he showed her the gun. “Please don’t kill me,” was the answer he got.

Mills made off with three watches, a necklace and a ring with a combined total value of around $13,000.

“This was a clumsy holdup,” prosecutor mr. Bart den Hartigh said. “You owed someone $700 and to solve that problem you caused 413,000 in damages to this company.”

The prosecutor was prepared to give the defendant one last chance, by demanding a largely suspended prison sentence: 18 months, of which 15 months suspended. During the 2-year probation period the teenager has to abide by instructions from the rehabilitation Bureau.

Attorney mr. Shaira Bommel admitted that her client took a very dumb decision by holding up Global Wealth Trade; his mother is taking part in this program.

Judge mr. Monique Keppels followed the prosecutor’s demand.

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