Teenagers get 9 and 6 years for armed robberies

POSTED: 11/24/11 8:27 AM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced 19-year-old Franklin Alfred Illidge to 9 years imprisonment yesterday. His partner in crime, Stedson Malcolm Jacobus, who will celebrate his nineteenth birthday in the Pointe Blanche prison next week Monday, was sentenced to 6 years.

Both teenagers were acquitted of a robbery on June 12. Jacobus was also acquitted of involvement in armed robberies on June 5 and June 9.

The remaining counts include armed robberies on May 31 and June 7, and firearm possession.

The victims were security guards, a courier of Robbie’s Lottery, and a father and son. The youngsters robbed their victims of cash (all in all more than $2,000), cell phones, a car, clothing and electronics.

At the trial on November 2, prosecutor mr. G. van der Wulp demanded 12 years against Illidge and 11 years against Jacobus. The defendants stormed angrily and upset out of the courtroom afterwards, but they accepted their verdict in a more relaxed frame of mind.

Illidge, a former student of Milton Peters College, has no criminal records, but Jacobus was already sentenced for an armed robbery in 2008. He spent time at the GOG and at Brasami in Curacao. At the GOG, a rehabilitation center, Jacobus smoked twenty joints a day before he was sent to Brasami in an attempt to let him kick the habit. He ran away from both institutions and according to a psychological evaluation has anti-social behavior disorder. He returned from Brasami to St. Maarten in December of last year.


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