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Jamaican dancehall star to serve 3 years in jail

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By Steve Osaka

Jamaican dancehall artist Leroy Russell commonly referred to as Tommy Lee Sparta was sentenced to three years in prison for firearm charges.

The dancehall artiste pleaded guilty on Wednesday when he appeared in court for his ongoing case of illegal possession of a firearm and was sentenced to three years imprisonment for the possession of a firearm and two years in jail for illegal possession of ammunition.

The sentences are to run concurrently, and he’ll serve the greater sentence of 3 years.

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Tommy Lee Sparta was represented by Queen’s Counsel Tom Tavares Finson and Donahue Martin.He was arrested in December 2020 along Holborn Road,New Kingston after the firearm was found on himself.

Police reports say the artiste had a 9mm Glock pistol with an extended magazine containing 18 rounds of ammunition tucked into his waistband.

Before his arrest, Tommy Lee was at the center of a controversy as he was held for weeks under the state of emergency (SOE) in st James in early 2020. His attorney at the time, Ernest Smith, had said the artiste was a victim of police vendetta with the Star losing over $100 million in performance revenue as they shut his events down early or pressured him from performing.

Tommy Lee has had several run ins with the law, including a charge for lottery scamming – related offenses, which he was four years later freed on.

He was also named as a person involved in the spike in gang violence in Montego Bay that led to deadly shootings.

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