A Leicester man has been sentenced at court after officers recovered a firearm from a car he was travelling in.
Eche Waldron pleaded guilty at Leicester Crown Court at an earlier hearing to being in possession of a firearm/prohibited weapon and and being in possession of a firearm when prohibited because of a previous suspended sentence of three months or more.
The 23-year-old of Tatlow Road was sentenced today (Friday 23 July) to a total of five years and seven months.
Shortly before 5pm on Thursday 14 January, officers stopped a vehicle in Dominion Road, Leicester and Waldron was a rear seat passenger in the car. Driving the car was a female friend who had her young child with her.
A search of the vehicle by officers at the scene found a pistol and three rounds of ammunition in rear foot well next to where Waldron had been sitting. Later forensic examination of the weapon, found it to have been modified to be a viable firearm.
Waldron was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and later charged and remanded into custody. The second charge relates to Waldron serving a suspended sentence for an assault conviction in 2019.
Detective Constable Damian Young, from the force’s Serious Organised Crime Pursue team, said: “Despite Waldron denying all knowledge of the gun when questioned by detectives, he has clearly accepted his connection to it with his guilty plea.
“The discovery of this gun is one less weapon on our streets and while gun crime isn’t a high-volume crime for our force, it’s still the removal of one gun too many.
“We remain committed to tackling such serious offences carried out in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and putting those responsible before the courts to face punishment for their actions.”