A farmer from Ladyville Village has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm. Paglo Recinos, Triston Crawford, and David Secondido appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court yesterday to face charges for an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Earlier in the month one of the men was found with a .22 caliber pistol that was loaded with live rounds during a search. In court, Recinos pleaded guilty to spare his co-accused and explained to the court that the gun belonged to his employer who is currently in the US. The farmer further explained that he took the firearm with him when he was leaving his employer’s home because he did not want to leave it unattended. As a result, the court accepted his guilty plea and sentenced him to concurrent sentences for the gun and ammunition. Recinos was then taken to the Belize Central Prison to begin his three-year and six months sentence while Secondido and Crawford were set free.