Convict gets 15 years for manslaughter
A St Michael man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for manslaughter following a gun deal that went sour almost six years ago.
However, Damien Lecoursey Reveira, of 4th Avenue, New Orleans, only has eight years, three months, one week and two days left to serve, given the time he has already spent on remand at HMP Dodds.
Reveira, alias Poopman, was accused of the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Anderson Ashby in a park in Belfield, Black Rock, St Michael, on October 9, 2012. He was subsequently charged with murder, but a jury found him guilty of a lesser count of manslaughter on February 16 last year.
In handing down the sentence today, Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius made it clear that the court did not take lightly to the current prevailing trend of firearm offences.
“The court . . . cannot overstate the infinite possibilities of devastating consequences of one handling this intrinsically dangerous weapon,” she said.
She also noted that Ashby’s death was “shrouded in illegality”, but said the court accepts the verdict of the jury, which indicates that there was no intent to kill the deceased.
However, she said the aggravating factors far outweighed the mitigating factors in the case as Reveira had armed himself in advance with a dangerous weapon; had not rendered any assistance to the deceased and had left the country soon after the incident for Canada.
She also pointed to the fact that a young man had lost his life and Reviera had shown no clear indication of remorse.
However, to his credit, the judge said, Reviera had no prior convictions and a probation report had shown he had a low risk of reoffending. She therefore encouraged Reveira to enroll in educational programmes at Dodds.