Micah Stephen Elijah Grant today pleaded with a Supreme Court judge not to see him as “a monster but a young man who had made mistakes”.
Grant, of Mayers Road, My Lords Hill, St Michael, pleaded guilty in April of this year to possession of a .22 revolver without a valid licence.
When the matter came up for mitigation today, Principal Crown Counsel Elwood Watts argued for a sentence of between six to eight years to be imposed on Grant who has been on remand for the past 1,374 days.
Watts argued that such an offence should attract a ten-year sentence, but that had to be balanced with several mitigating factors that “merit a discount”.
“He is a young man who . . . expressed remorse . . . entered an early guilty plea . . . cooperated with the police, [as well as] the time he spent on remand,” the prosecutor said.
Asked to explain why he should not get such a sentence, Grant, who has two previous convictions said, “I acknowledge without excuses that I have done something wrong.”
Grant, who committed the offence when he was 21 years old, told the court that life in his household was rough, although adding that “this is not a blame game”.
“I have struggled . . . . I can only hope that this court will accept that I have made mistakes . . . and I am not perfect,” he said.
Grant said he has had a lot of time to think about how he “got in this mess” and “wished that I could turn back the hands of time”.
He told the court that he had taken advantage of the opportunities offered at HMP Dodds, including going to church, and taking computer, Math and English classes, to “shake off [these] cobwebs”.
“I humbly ask you to grant me a reprieve . . . to be among the new generation of fruits this country has to offer. I am terribly sorry for the crimes that I have committed, Ma’am. I hope that you don’t see me as a monster, Ma’am, but a young man that has made a terrible mistake,” Grant pleaded.
He returns to the Supreme Court on Tuesday when the judge will deliver the sentence.