Tears flowed in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court this morning when a father of three was sentenced to three years in jail and fined $30,000 after he pleaded guilty to being in possession of eight grams of marijuana.
27-year-old, Carl Mangal, broke down in tears when the sentence was handed down and his mother who was in the courtroom, also cried after hearing the sentence.
The poultry farmer was arrested last Friday after agents found the marijuana at his Princes Street home in ziploc bags. The lawmen had gone to the house after receiving a tip off.
After the three year jail sentence was handed down in Court today, with tears in his eyes, Mangal begged the Magistrate for leniency and told her he would be willing to do any form of community service.
His pleadings did not appear enough to change the mind of Magistrate Judy Latchman who stuck to the sentence and fine in keeping with the laws.
The Magistrate explained that she could not reverse the sentence in keeping with the sentencing guidelines for the charge when a guilty plea is offered. She told the family members that they could file an appeal.