A teenager who shot and killed a Clarendon businessman execution style last February, at his cook shop in Hayes district, was yesterday sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder. He will be eligible for parole after 21 years.
The convict, 19-year-old Shevanne Harris, was also sentenced to five years for illegal possession of a firearm and three years for illegal possession of ammunition by Justice Courtney Day in the Clarendon Circuit Court. Both sentences are to run consecutively to the murder sentence.
Harris initially pleaded guilty to the offences on January 11 and his sentencing was postponed for yesterday, awaiting a social enquiry report and antecedent.
Facts outlined in the case by lead prosecutor, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Andrea Martin Swaby, are that on February 1 at approximately 4:30 pm Barrington Herdsman was shot in his head outside his business place inside the Newton Plaza in Hayes.
Herdsman’s widow, the sole eyewitness, in her statement disclosed that on the day in question her husband, after counting the day’s sales, went and sat outside on a stool. The witness, who was inside the cook shop, said shortly after she saw a man enter the business place and looked around. He then removed a firearm from his waistband and walked out of the shop towards her husband.
She said that on reaching her husband the man pointed the gun in the back of her husband’s head and fired several shots before running in the direction of Vere Technical High School.
Herdsman was rushed to May Pen Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Three months after the shooting, Harris was held, on May 23, in May Pen and was found with a Glock pistol containing a magazine with 15 9mm rounds in his waistband.
Shortly after he was placed on an identification parade in relation to Herdsman’s murder and was positively identified as the shooter.