(CMR) Two men who pleaded guilty to participating in the murder of the daughter of Jamaican politician Phillip Paulwell and her mother were today sentenced to 30 years, and seven years and 10 months imprisonment, respectively.
Toshyna Patterson (27), otherwise called Tosh, and her baby 10-month-old Sarayah were reportedly killed in a love triangle after a woman, Leoda Bradshaw, who was in a relationship with Paulwell, orchestrated their murders.
Richard Brown was sentenced to 30 years on each of the two counts of murder for which he was charged, Jamaica Gleaner reported. He was also sentenced to one year and 10 months in prison on each of the two counts of kidnapping.
The sentences are to run concurrently, and is to serve 20 years before he is eligible for parole.
According to the Gleaner, Jamaica's Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said Brown pleaded guilty to his role as the driver who transported Patterson and Sarayah from Stony Hill, along with the shooter and other persons, to a scene in East Kingston where they were later killed.
He also said he accepted part payment from co-accused Leoda Bradshaw on behalf of his co-conspirators for the execution of the plan to kidnap and kill Patterson and Sarayah.
Roshane Miller was sentenced to seven years and 10 months after he pleaded guilty to two counts of accessory before the fact to murder, two counts of conspiracy to kidnap and misprision of felony.
He is to serve seven years and 10 months for each count of accessory before the fact to murder; two years and 10 months for each count of conspiracy to kidnap; and one year and 10 months for misprision of felony. The sentences are to run concurrently.
A statement from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), following Wednesday's sentencing in the Home Circuit Court, said Miller pleaded guilty to participating in the planning of the murder of Toshyna Patterson and her daughter Sarayah Paulwell.
However, there was no evidentiary material that Miller was on the scene on the day of the kidnapping and murders or that he participated in the actual kidnapping and murders.
The matters involving the two men were settled under the Plea Negotiations and Agreements Act.