Jahmico Trott, who was found guilty by a jury on March 30 in a retrial for the attempted murder of Daniel Adams and carrying and using a firearm to commit an indictable offence back in May of 2017, as well as intimidating a trial witness in 2019, was sentenced in the Supreme Court today by Acting Justice Craig Attridge.
Before sentencing, both the Crown and Mr. Trott, who was self-represented, read their final submissions to the Court.
According to Karen King Deane, for the Crown, Mr. Trott’s sentence should be given with an objective of protecting the community and society at large from him. Thus, Mr. Trott should expect a custodial sentence.
Ms. King Deane also told the Court that, on the day of the incident, Mr. Trott fired four shots at Mr. Adams in close range and attempted to shoot him in the head and that the weapon used in the case has still not yet been recovered by Police, over four years later.
In Her submissions, Ms. King-Deane stated what previous sentences had been given to other people also convicted of attempted murder in Bermuda. Accroding to Mr. Trott, however, comparing those cases to his case is like comparing apples and oranges.
Unlike the other cases mentioned by the Crown, Mr. Trott told Acting Justice Attridge, his case was not at all gang-related and the victim did not require hospital treatment after the shooting occurred.
Mr. Trott also told Acting Justice Attridge that he intends to pursue a legal degree as soon as he is able to do so and that Justice Attridge would be able to turn this tragic story “into one of triumph.” Mr. Trott called the experience of defending himself in court as very fun and exhilarating and that, through doing that, he found his calling.
Taking everything into consideration, Acting Justice Attridge sentenced Mr. Trott to 15 years imprisonment for the attempted murder of Mr. Adams, 10 and 12 years for each respective firearm charge (to be served at the same time), and five years for intimidating a witness, totalling 30 years imprisonment, including time already served. It will be ten years before Mr, Trott can apply for parole.
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