An Orlando man facing up to 20 years in prison for illegally shipping weapons in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, but Jimy Joseph could still spend up to 10 years in jail after being found (19659002) Joseph and his older brother, Junior, who was a gun shop in Orlando, were both indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to ship 30,000 rounds of ammunition and 166 semi- Automatic shotguns and pistols to Haiti in August 2016 Mitsubishi cargo truck from the port of West Palm Beach. They have faced a number of criminal charges, including the fact that they have lost their way to the United Kingdom. guilty on all five counts. Jimy Joseph's box, the verdict was mixed.
Jurors rejected the government's claims that Jimy Joseph had asked a cousin about the Glock's ownership, which he conspired with. The last two acts carry a penalty of up to 20 years in prison per count, along with a $ 250,000 fine.
Jurors, however, commented on the fact that he was guilty of a breach of the law of the United States, and that he was guilty of general conspiracy to break the laws of the United States. The conspiracy count carries a penalty of five years, while exporting the prohibited items carries a penalty of 10 years.
Unsure what to make of the inconsistent verdict, defense Attorney Richard Della Fera said he plans to file an appeal “based on what I consider to be lacking of sufficient evidence.”
Still, he added: “We “
The box came to light when customs agents in Haiti found the arsenal of single- and double-barreled 12-gauge shotguns, AR15-type rifles and the boxes for two missing 9mm Glock 17 pistols in the truck after it arrived in the port of St. Marc, in coastal city of Port-au-Prince. Suspicions were raised when an accomplice of a Jimy Joseph tried the test of the lawn.
During the Fort Lauderdale trial, prosecutors argued that Jimy Joseph 's mother had sold her Orlando home for more than $ 90,000 so the brothers could buy the guns, which for their value in Haiti.
Prosecutors also produced copies of Whatsapp messages Junior Joseph sent to Haitian Senator Herve Fourcand and to another man, a close associate of then-Haiti police chief Godson Orelus, seeking help in getting the truck out, inspection-free. Junior Joseph later forwarded Fourcand's phone number and that of the associate, Edward “Dollar” Monplaisir, to Jimy, who did not respond.
A similar investigation in Haiti by an investigative judge “Orelus, the ex-police chief.”
Arrested in St. Marc, Orelus was freed on Tuesday. He has professed his innocence.
In the U.S. trials, each of the Joseph brothers accused the other of the said prosecutors said each played a role.
“Junior is the one administering … Jimy is the one on the ground,” U.S. Assistant Attorney Rolando Garcia said in his closing. “Junior Joseph is not the one loading up the truck. Junior Joseph is not the one driving to the port of Palm Beach. Junior Joseph is not the one flying to Haiti to take possession. That's Jimy Joseph. Della Fera,
In closing arguments, he said that it was necessary to examine the evidence to determine whether Jimy Joseph willfully violated federal firearms export laws. he knew that the firearms were in the back of the truck.
Della Fera said jurors also asked jurors to consider whether Jimy Johnson knew there was no export license for the weapons.
“Did he have specific knowledge?” Will be asked. You have to decide the evidence against Jimy Joseph separate from Junior.
At one point during the deliberations, jurors asked the US District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas whether they could get a transcript of a portion of the testimony, and if they could change their foreman.
“I've been a judge for 30 years and I've never heard a foreman,” said Dimitrouleas, who instructed jurors to rely on their memories for the evidence.
The case highlights Haiti's illegal arms trafficking problem, but it also shows the difficulty Haitian officials face in prosecuting illegal weapons cases.
Last week five Americans and two Serbians who reside in the United States were taken out of Haiti with the Assistance of the State Department after Haitian police arrested them and a Haitian national police checkpoint in downtown Port-au-Prince. The men were found with an arsenal of illegal weapons and were driving vehicles without license plates.
U.S. Author (s): Sparkling outrage in Haiti, where the Senate has recently opened fire. Fifteen members of the Lower Chamber of Deputies also requesting that the Minister of Justice appear before them in their letter of approval