Tommy Lee Sparta was sentenced to three years in prison for possession of a weapons.
When the dancehall artist, Tommy Lee Sparta appeared in court on Wednesday for his pending case of illegal weapon possession, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison for firearm possession and two years in prison for illegal ammunition possession.
The terms will run simultaneously, and he will complete the longer of the two sentences, which will be three years.
Queen’s Counsel Tom Tavares Finson and Donahue Martin represented Tommy Lee Sparta in session.
After a firearm was discovered on his body, the Sparta artiste was arrested in December 2020 along Holborn Road in New Kingston. According to police sources, the artiste, whose real name is Leroy Russell, had a 9mm Glock pistol tucked into his waistband with an extended magazine containing 18 rounds of ammunition.
The deejay was at the centre of controversy until his conviction, as he was detained in St James for weeks under the state of emergency (SOE) in early 2020.
His lawyer at the time, Ernest Smith, said that the deejay was the target of a police vendetta and that the police’ vigilante justice had cost him over $100 million in performance income by shutting down his events early or pressuring him to stop performing.
The dancehall star has had a number of run-ins with the law, including being charged with lottery scamming-related offences, which he was convicted of four years later, and being identified as a suspect in a gang violence spike in Montego Bay that resulted in firearm deaths.
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