Leonard Refuses To Pay Fine

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Published: February 10, 2017 8:48 am AST
James Leonard Jr.
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After being sentenced to 12 months in prison and ordered to pay a compensation fine of $2000, 19 year-old James Leonard Jr. told that court that he will not be paying any fine. “It’s one or the other. Why I have to go jail and still pay.”

This sentence was brought down by Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards on February 8, in relation to a matter where the accused is charged with theft and possession of a controlled drug.

Leonard pleaded guilty to both charges on January 6th 2017.

As it relates to the drugs, Leonard was ordered to pay a fine of $1000.

According to court notes, on December 12, 2016, the accused allegedly stole a motor scooter that was parked on the outside of a bar in Road Town. He then lit it on fire at another location.

Upon his arrest, the accused was allegedly found with 1.4 grams of weed.

In mitigation, Leonard told the court that his actions were a reaction to a lie that was told on him by the owner of the bike.

“He accused me of breaking into his father's place. That was a lie on me.”

Leonard went on to apologize to the court, asking for leniency and noting, “It was stupid.”
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