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One of the men who confessed to his role in the killings of the 10-month-old daughter of veteran lawmaker Phillip Paulwell, and her 27-year-old mother, was on Wednesday sentenced to 30 years each for the two murders.
The convict’s identity has not been publicly disclosed.
The sentences were handed down by Supreme Court Judge Justice Lorna Shelly Williams in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.
The convicted man was also sentenced to one year and 10 months imprisonment at hard labour for two counts of kidnapping.
The sentences are to run concurrently.
Shelly Williams ordered the man to serve a minimum of 20 years in prison before he is eligible for parole consideration.
The second man who pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to kidnap, two counts of accessory before the fact to murder and one count of misprision of felony last month, will be sentenced later on Wednesday.
Paulwell’s daughter, Sarayah, and her mother, Toshyna Patterson, were kidnapped from their Gilmour Drive home in St Andrew on September 9, taken to Stony Hill, also in St Andrew, before being driven to East Kingston where they were shot and killed and their bodies burnt in a case that shocked the nation.
US Navy petty officer Leoda Bradshaw, who describes herself as Paulwell’s wife and with whom she shares a daughter, is the alleged mastermind behind the murder-for-hire plot.
The murder contract was reportedly for $500,000, and Bradshaw allegedly made a downpayment of $100,000.
Her cousin, Roland Balfour, a 30-year-old assistant graphic designer of a Kingston address, has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to murder, two counts of conspiracy to kidnapping, and misprison of felon.
The cousins are scheduled to return to the Home Circuit Court on December 1, when their matters will again be mentioned.
Meanwhile the second man who pleaded guilty in the kidnapping and murder conspiracy that claimed the lives of the 10-month-old daughter of the Member of Parliament for East Kingston and Port Royal, Phillip Paulwell, and her 27-year-old mother, has been sentenced to seven years and 10 months for his role in the plot.
The convicted man, who has not been named for security reasons, was sentenced on the charge of being an accessory before the fact.
The sentence was handed down in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston on Wednesday afternoon.
The convict is awaiting sentencing on charges of two counts of conspiracy to kidnap and misprision of a felony.
He was one of two men who pleaded guilty in relation to the kidnapping and murder of Paulwell’s daughter Sarayah and her mother, Toshyna Patterson.
The two were kidnapped from their Gilmour Drive home in St Andrew on September 9, taken to Stony Hill, also in St Andrew before being driven to East Kingston where they were shot and killed and their bodies burnt in a case that shocked the nation.