Bermuda man caught with gun linked to three murders, jailed

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

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HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) -- A 27-year-old Bermuda man has been jailed for 14 years after being caught with drugs and a firearm linked to three murders.

The Supreme Court heard that Ramano Mills had to be shot twice with a Taser by police as he struggled to reach the loaded weapon tucked in his sock.

The semi-automatic handgun, that contained 10 live rounds, was the same weapon used in three gang-linked murders, two of which remain unsolved.

Police also allege that apart from the three murders, the gun was also used in an attempted murder.

According to the prosecution, the weapon belonged to a west end gang called ‘Money Over Bitches’, or MOB.

Mills has refused to tell police how he acquired it.

Prosecutor Nicole Smith said  the gunman was caught in a raid by armed police in June last year as officers descended on a Sandys parish home to arrest another man for breaching bail.

As officers swarmed the house, Mills fled, clutching a plastic bag.

Mills was tackled in the yard, where “a violent struggle ensued”, Smith said. Police were eventually able to place a cuff on one of his wrists.

The accused yelled repeatedly to his friends while reaching down his lower right leg, where police saw a silver object that they initially took to be a knife.

Mills pulled one hand free and grabbed for the weapon in his sock.

He was tasered twice but reached again for the weapon after each five-second burst of electricity. As the struggle continued, a handgun fell to the ground.

Mills surrendered only when an officer drew his own firearm.

His bag contained 244 grams of marijuana with a street value of US$4,375. Mills also had US$2,162 in cash in his pocket.

Mills denied being a member of the MOB gang and maintained that he had been too drunk at the time to remember much.

Puisne judge Charles-Etta Simmons jailed Mills for 12 years for possession of a gun and possession of ammunition and added two concurrent six-month sentences for violently resisting arrest.

The drugs offence landed him a two-year sentence, totalling 14 years in jail.




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