Mother jailed for gun threat

Ricarra Rusell

Nassau, BAHAMAS- A mother of four who threatened to kill her rival while pointing a gun at her head has been jailed.

Ricarro Lavette Russell, 32, faced charges of assault with a deadly weapon and threats of death when she appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney for arraignment.

Prosecutors said Russell made the gun threat to Aaleeaha Baker as she took a shortcut through Balls Alley on April 20.

Police arrested Russell a short time later and she admitted the crimes, the court heard.

Defense lawyer Ian Cargill asked the magistrate not to send the single mother to prison. Her children range in age from two to 15.

Instead, Cargill suggested a bound over, probation and community service.

Cargill acknowledged that Russel had an argument with Baker, but he did not say what caused the row.

However, he added, “The whole story has not been told.”

According to Cargill, Russell was in her yard when the incident happened.

Cargill said police arrested Russell within hours of Baker’s complaint, but they did not recover the weapon.

In arriving at his sentence of one year in prison, McKinney considered Russell’s early guilty plea, her clean criminal record and the age of her youngest child.

McKinney advised Russell of her right to appeal the sentence.