Golden Grove Teenager Sentenced to Probation for Illegal Firearm Possession

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Winston Merrick, a nineteen-year-old resident of Golden Grove, has been handed a two-year probation sentence for his possession of a modified flare gun and two shotgun cartridges.

This decision came after a recent incident on September 19th, when local law enforcement officers and soldiers conducted a mobile patrol in the Golden Grove area. During the patrol, they encountered Merrick and a group of young men, prompting their suspicion.

Subsequent searches unveiled a Gucci bag in Merrick’s backpack containing an unlicensed firearm and cartridges.

Merrick, in his defense, claimed to have stumbled upon the weapon.

However, the magistrate’s ruling includes close monitoring, random checks, a curfew, and restrictions on visiting questionable establishments, with violations resulting in imprisonment.

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