Embattled dancehall deejay Laden is remorseful amidst his legal troubles and has issued an apology to his his family, friends, and fans.
According to his lawyers, the recording artiste is now pensive, remorseful and embarrassed, “not for himself, but for the negative impact this situation has had on his family, his fans and those who previously held him in high esteem,” they Told The Jamaica Star.
The recording artiste pleaded guilty to charges of illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition on Monday (November 30) when he appeared before in the St Elizabeth Circuit Court.
Laden has been in police custody since October 28, when he and two other people were arrested in Cheapside, St Elizabeth.
The other two accused 21-year-old Saaion Ebanks and his younger brother were subsequently acquitted of gun charges.
The “Time To Shine” deejay is set to be sentenced on December 15.
Laden, whose given name is O’Keele Aaron was charged with illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, breaching the Disaster Risk Management Act by being on the streets after the 9:00 pm islandwide curfew, and failing to stop on the request of the police.
According to the Corporate Communications Unit, the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s information arm, at about 10:40 pm on October 28, lawmen were in Cheapside, St Elizabeth, when they signalled the driver of a black Mercedes-Benz motor car to stop.
The driver initially complied, but sped off when the police approached.
The police said a chase ensued and during the chase an object was seen being thrown from the sunroof of the car.
When the police caught up with the vehicle, the occupants were arrested and taken back to the site where the object was witnessed being thrown from the car. The area was searched and a pistol recovered.
Thomas Levene, who represented Laden, told THE STAR that Laden influenced the decision to plead guilty as he did not want to waste the court’s time.
“Mr. Aarons has long resigned himself to whatever sentence the court will pass upon him, as he appreciates that a man must abide by the natural and foreseeable consequences of his actions,” he said.
Levene also said that he would not offer a comment on what sentence Laden could face.
“It will not be proper for us, the attorneys, at this time to speculate on the sentence the judge will pass. What we will say is that Mr. Aarons was never wanted by the police, neither was he ever previously taken in for questioning or profiling,” he added.