Antelope Street Gunfight case goes back to court
In 2019, an old west gunfight occurred on Antelope Street, Belize City. The shootout was between now 22-year-old, Avery Bain and now 26-year-old, Mark August who attacked the Budd brothers, 29-year-old Brenton, and Calbert Budd Jr. The two gunmen were then charged with attempted murder. They were arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court back in 2019 and initially denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until they were able to secure bail. Today, these men were represented by Attorney, Oscar Selgado, and were indicted on two counts of attempted murder upon the Budd brothers and pleaded not guilty before Justice Ricardo O’Neil Sandcroft in the High Court. After Brenton Budd took the stand, the plea was changed to guilty in hopes of a lesser charge. Justice Sandcroft, however, is trying a new approach to rehabilitation. He asked the brothers if they agree that the crime situation in Belize is getting worse and that locking up people all the time is not always the answer. Brenton Budd and Calbert Budd Jr. agreed, but the brothers were not in agreement to have mediation. Justice Sandcroft decided to defer sentencing to July 26, while Crown Council, Robert Lord is seeking more than the maximum sentence.