Crime — 22 October 2013 — by Rochelle Gillett-Flowers
Albert Waller, 34, changes plea to guilty; sentenced to 3 years and fined $10,000

Waller had initially pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, where his mother and stepfather were also charged

This afternoon, Albert Waller, 34, a resident of #188 Neal Pen Road, changed his initial not guilty plea to guilty after the court prosecutor informed the court that his guilty plea to the lesser charge of drug possession would not be accepted.

On July 4, 2013, members of the Gang Suppression Unit went to the home of Waller with a search warrant to search his house and yard for drugs.

Present at the time of the search were Waller, his mother, Cherry Mae Flowers, 55, and her husband, Cecil Flowers, 60. When police searched under the house, they found a black plastic bag which contained suspected cannabis. Another small amount was found on Cecil Flowers, for which he was charged with drug possession.

All three were charged with drug trafficking when they appeared for their arraignment before Magistrate Leslie Hamilton for the suspected drugs which amounted to 65.7 grams, and all three had pleaded not guilty. Waller had made an attempt at pleading guilty to the lesser charge of drug possession at the arraignment, which was not accepted at that time.

This afternoon, Waller changed his plea to guilty after again trying, without avail, to plead guilty to drug possession.

After the facts of the case were heard, Waller was sentenced to three years in prison, which is to run concurrently to a drug trafficking sentence he is serving. He was also fined $10,000, and if he does not pay the fine, he will serve another three years in prison, but that sentence will run consecutively to the first sentence.

The charge against Cherry Mae Flowers was withdrawn, but Cecil Flowers’ case is set to go to trial on Friday, October 25, 2013.

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