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Man admits conspiracy to shoot ‘Yankee’ Rawlins

A 25-year-old yesterday admitted conspiring to shoot at gangster Raymond “Yankee” Rawlins.

Alvone McJuan Maybury pleaded guilty to one of five counts against him, on the day his trial was due to begin.

He admitted conspiring between December 11 and 17, 2009, with Anthony Swan and other persons not before the court, to cause Mr Rawlins grievous bodily harm.

Mr Rawlins was shot dead in a separate incident last August.

Prosecutor Cindy Clarke yesterday said four remaining charges Maybury faced possession of a prohibited weapon, unlawful possession of ammunition, conspiring to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to discharge a firearm would all lay on file and not be proceeded with at this time.

Maybury's co-accused Swan has already been sentenced to 12 years behind bars. He was found guilty of shooting at Mr Rawlins in broad daylight on December 16, 2009.

During Swan's trial, prosecutors suggested Maybury may have been the rider of a motorcycle that transported him to and from the crime scene as a pillion passenger.

Maybury is currently serving 13-and-a-half years in jail. He was found guilty of firing at gang rivals on a city street just before Christmas in 2009, in a separate incident.

He famously escaped the custody of prison guards outside of court last July, after he was charged with the shooting.

Maybury made international headlines after posting messages on his Facebook page about life on the run, bragging that he'd got his handcuffs off and was “free as a bird”.

He was eventually found hiding in a garden shed and was convicted by a jury over the shooting after a week-long trial.

Maybury was yesterday remanded in custody after his Supreme Court appearance and is due to be sentenced this morning.

Llewellyn Peniston represented the defendant before Puisne Judge Charles Etta Simmons.

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Published March 29, 2011 at 10:14 am (Updated March 29, 2011 at 10:13 am)

Man admits conspiracy to shoot ‘Yankee’ Rawlins

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