A woman found guilty of keeping a pistol and ten bullets at a Northampton flat for her drug dealer boyfriend has been jailed for five years.
Kimberley Finley, aged 22, of Tresham Green, Dallington, had pleaded not guilty to possessing a prohibited weapon and ammunition for a firearm without a certificate during a trial at Northampton Crown Court earlier this year.
However, a jury found Finley guilty of both charges, which date back to March 2013.
The gun and ammunition were found during a police investigation into Finley’s then partner, Junior Reid, who was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison on August 15 last year for a string of class A drug supply offences.
At a sentencing hearing yesterday Finley was jailed for five years for possessing the pistol. She also received an 18-month sentence for possessing the ammunition and a one-month sentence for possessing a quantity of cannabis.
All the sentences will be served concurrently.
At a hearing last year, recorder Robert Egbuna told Finley she was likely to be jailed for five years.
He said: “The law in relation to firearms and ammunition is particularly severe.
“In the circumstances, the sentence that I will impose has to be a minimum sentence set by law, because of what any live weapon could be used for.
“The sentence when someone has a prohibited firearm is five years unless there are exceptional circumstances.”