Monday 16 September, 2019

Man gets life for fatally shooting St Mary construction worker

A man, who shot and killed a construction worker at a party in Retreat, St Mary three years ago, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

The convict, Alton Barnett, will spend 30 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

The sentence was handed by Justice Dale Palmer in the Home Circuit Court on Thursday.

Barnett was found guilty by a seven member jury in the St Mary Circuit Court on Tuesday, July 18.

He was charged in connection with the shooting death of 34-year-old Courtney Ellis, a painter/construction worker and part-time sound DJ, of Retreat, St Mary. 

Ellis, otherwise called 'Lenky' was shot dead at point blank range at a party in Retreat, St Mary on Sunday morning, February 24, 2013. 

According to police reports, about 12:58 am, Ellis was at a family member's birthday party when he was called away by two men.

He went to relieve himself, when one of the men pulled a gun and fired shots, hitting him five times. 

He died on the spot.

Barnett's trial was held in-camera for over two weeks.


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