Saturday 24 August, 2019

35-year minimum prison term for man convicted of quadruple murder

A man who was convicted of killing four people during an armed robbery in Linstead, St Catherine in 2014 has been given four life sentences for his crimes.

The convict, 37-year-old Simeon Miller, a vendor from Linstead, will be eligible for parole after spending 35 years behind bars.

The sentence was handed down by Justice Chester Stamp in the Home Circuit Court last Friday.

Miller was among three gunmen who were clad in police and military garb as they shot and killed the four individuals shortly after 9:00 p.m. in Mickelton district, Linstead on August 20, 2014.

The victims of the deadly attack were: 78-year-old Garfield Simpson; 43-year-old taxi operator Dean Pratt; Shanna-Kay Simpson, 20; and 20-year-old Reicodel Jackson.

At the seven-day trial, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Adley Duncan, and Crown Counsel, Stephen Smith, presented evidence that the three gunmen went to Mickelton district, where they shot and killed the two Simpsons, who were standing along the roadway.

Miller and his cronies then went to a grocery shop in the area, where they robbed patrons of cash and other items and then shot Jackson, who tried to hide his cellular phone.

The gunmen then shot and killed Pratt, who drove up to the scene of the robbery while on his way home.

The three criminals escaped on foot.

Police arrested Miller on September 11, 2014, and he was subsequently charged with the four murders.

Ballistic tests were done, which concluded that the gun that was used to kill the two Simpsons had also been used to kill Jackson and Pratt.

Four years later, Miller was convicted on May 25, based on eye witness evidence.

The witness, who was said to have been a patron at the bar at the time of the attack, identified Miller as one of the gunmen on the night in question, stating that he was not wearing a mask, in contrast to the two other men.

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