Tuesday, 16 May 2023 12:24

‘Sauceboss’ released on bond, faces 5 years in prison

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Dancehall artiste Kemar 'Sauceboss' Highcon was released from a Florida lock-up on Sunday on a US$500 bond after being charged with grand theft auto, a third degree felony, last week.

He is being represented by attorney at law Paul Molle, and sources say he will return to court "within the next 30 days".

The term, grand theft auto, is defined as when someone takes another person’s vehicle without the owner’s permission and with the intent to deprive the owner of the vehicle permanently. It is considered a third-degree felony in Florida, the automobile stolen should be valued between $750 and $20,000. It can result in five years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000.

Attorney-at-law Wayne Golding of The Golding Law Firm, said it is possible that the Sauceboss could face deportation if he is not a US citizen.

"If he (Highcon) is convicted and he is not a US citizen, he could face deportation," Golding said.

"Once you are a green card holder and commit an aggravated felony, you can be deported, You would be surprised at the small crimes for which you can be deported, charges like possession of over 30 grams of weed, very miniscule crimes when compared with major crimes in terms of criminal activity. Green card holders can even be deported for domestic abuse."

Golding, who has practised immigration law in all the states of the USA for over two decades, said that he encouraged green card holders to obtain their US citizenship.

"As soon as one is eligible, one should get one's citizenship, a green card is no guarantee to remain in the US permanently, you are only on borrowed time," he mused.

Calls to Kemar Highcon's management were not immediately returned. Even though the 'So Saucy' deejay has lived in the US for a number of years, his immigration status is not immediately known.

The allegations are that Highcon was intercepted by police while driving a red, two-door 2014 BMW on West Atlantic Boulevard. Checks by the police revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen. The defendant was the sole occupant of the vehicle and in actual, physical control of the vehicle at the time of the incident.

He was detained without incident, the police said.

A video emerged over the weekend that showed Kemar Highcon conversing with police officers who had pulled him over on West Atlantic Boulevard in Margate. The officers put him to sit down on the curb while they questioned him.

The defendant was read his Miranda Rights to which he waived his rights and agreed to speak with police," a section of the report read. The Sauceboss was eventually charged and allegations are that he "knowingly obtained the vehicle in an attempt to temporarily or permanently deprive the victim of her property".

Kemar Highcon, 32, who lives in Stamford, Connecticut, got his big break with So Saucy in 2019 and his follow-up Talk Bout, kept his momentum.

He soon landed sponsorship deals and became a Digicel and Pizza Hut ambassador.

Hailing from Portmore in St Catherine, Highcon (born Kemar Woodfine) attended St Jago High School in Spanish Town up to fourth form before migrating to New York City in 2006.