JAMAICA: Man gets 20 years for execution-style killing of taxi operator - EntornoInteligente

Jamaica Gleaner / Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A Clarendon man who shot a taxi driver in the back of the head while he operated his vehicle packed with passengers has been sentenced, along with his accomplice, to life in prison.

Justice Courtney Daye, in handing down the sentence, described the circumstances under which the taxi operator died as disturbing, before ordering that the two men, Oneike Williams and Austin Richards must serve 20 years before they become eligible for parole.

Both men pleaded guilty to murder in the Clarendon Circuit Court in January, three years after Richards fired a shot into the back of Anthony Morgan’s head in a botched plan to steal the car he operated as a taxi.

The incident happened along the Chapelton main road, in an area known as Woods, on the night of July 9, 2015.

Williams and Austin – his cousin – pleaded not guilty to illegal possession of firearm and robbery and prosecutors opted to offer no evidence against them during the sentencing, which took place in the Home Circuit Court yesterday,

Five months after Morgan’s death, Williams, who was 18 years old at the time, was held with an illegal firearm and was sentenced to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty.

Justice Daye ordered that he should commence serving the life sentence after he has completed that five-year term.

“The sentence of the court must show the seriousness of the offence,” Daye said.

Williams, 21, has four other convictions for shop breaking and larceny, receiving stolen property, and two counts of unlawful wounding and admitted to a probation aftercare officer that he ran a car-stealing ring.

Both men gave police investigators caution statements in the presence of Justices of the Peace detailing their involvement in Morgan’s slaying.

The admitted to entering the taxi in May Pen with a bag containing a gun.  Richards was seated behind Morgan and Williams seated behind the front passenger seat, which was occupied by a third accomplice who is yet to be apprehended.

Williams told the police that when they got to Woods, with the car in motion, Richards pulled out the gun and shot Morgan in the back of the head. Richards told investigators the gun went off accidentally.

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