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Nine years in prison for ‘Facebook Fugitive’ Maybury

Facebook fugitive Alvone Maybury vowed to “better himself” as he was sentenced to nine years in prison for conspiring to shoot gangster Raymond “Yankee” Rawlins.

The 25-year-old admitted conspiring with Anthony Swan and other persons between December 11 and 17 2009 to cause Mr Rawlins grievous bodily harm.

Store owner Mr Rawlins was shot dead at the Spinning Wheel on Court Street in a separate incident in August last year.

Maybury told Supreme Court he wanted to apologise to his family for “letting them down” and said he would use his time in prison to “better himself”.

Puisne Judge Charles Etta Simmons told Maybury he was “a threat to all” saying it was the court's duty “to protect and to deter you and further potential offenders”.

Mrs Justice Simmons told Maybury he had showed “a lack of insight and remorse” and “you have no-one to blame but yourself”.

Maybury simply nodded in agreement as it was said his nine-year prison sentence would run concurrently to the prison sentence he is serving.

He is currently in jail for 13-and-a-half years after being found guilty of firing at Parkside gang rivals at Captain's Lounge on Reid Street just before Christmas in 2009, in a separate incident, and for escaping custody in July 2010.

The sentence took into account how Maybury changed his plea to guilty on the day his trial was due to begin and how his help led police to remove a gun from the streets.

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.

The remaining charges Maybury faced of 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, will all lay on file and not be proceeded with at this time.

Maybury was flanked by police and prison officers at his sentencing yesterday he escaped the custody of prison guards outside court last July, when he was charged with the Captain's Lounge shooting.

He made international headlines as the ‘Facebook Fugitive' 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”.

Maybury, who is known for the dollar sign tattoo under his eye, was found two weeks later hiding in a garden shed.

Crown counsel Maria Sofianos said: “The defendant Alvone Maybury is involved in gang activity. He and Anthony Swan are both known to be associated with the 42nd gang.”

The shooting on December 16, 2009, involved Swan getting off a bike and firing shots at C&R Discount Store on Court Street.

Minutes later Swan was arrested. During his trial, prosecutors suggested Maybury might have been the rider of a motorcycle that transported him to and from the crime scene as a pillion passenger.

Police seized Maybury's cellphone when he was arrested and found a recorded conversation made on December 12, 2009 relating to the shooting, saying that his boys were “coming for you big time”.

The cellphone also showed several photos, taken on December 17 and 18, 2009, in which Maybury posed with firearms.

Maybury then assisted police officers and helped them find the 9mm berretta gun used to shoot Mr Rawlins.

Supreme Court heard from Detective Constable Rohan Henry, who was in charge of the investigation. He said Maybury was single, unemployed and had no children.

Maybury's previous convictions, including actual bodily harm and firearms offences, date back to 2000.

Miss Sofianos said Maybury had shown “total contempt and disregard for innocent by-standers”.

She said the shooting had happened in broad daylight on a crowded street because of “the current gang warfare between 42 and Parkside”.

Miss Sofianos said as Maybury was already in prison for similar offences, “this could be seen as a spree”.

She said: “The use of firearms is increasing dramatically due to gang activity. The same firearms are being linked to different gang members.

“The sentence needs to send out a message that this behaviour will not be tolerated or treated lightly.”

Miss Sofianos recommended Maybury be given a custodial sentence of no more than six years. Defence lawyer Llewellyn Peniston agreed with this as a suitable sentence “given his limited role in this”.

The maximum sentence for the crime is 15 years.

Mr Peniston told the court Maybury had “accepted his responsibility”.

He said: “Considerable help was given to the police by this defendant. He identified others who had access to a gun and helped police remove that gun from our streets.”

Mr Peniston added that there were to be almost 50 witnesses in the trial, so Maybury had helped the matter “to be disposed of very quickly”.

Alvone Maybury, the so-called Facebook Fugitive, was yesterday jailed for nine years.

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Published March 30, 2011 at 9:31 am (Updated March 30, 2011 at 9:31 am)

Nine years in prison for ‘Facebook Fugitive’ Maybury

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