(CMR) Dante Brooks, the teenage son of dancehall entertainer Mavado, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.
Brooks (18) and co-accused Andre Hinds were found guilty of the 2018 murder of Lorenzo Thomas earlier this year.
Brooks must serve at least 22 years before being eligible for parole. He was also sentenced to 15 years for illegal possession of a firearm and 15 years for arson.
Hinds will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least 17 years. He was also sentenced to 15 years for illegal possession of a firearm and 15 years for arson.
The sentences will be run concurrently.
During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Brooks and Hinds were among five men who entered a house in Cassava Piece, St Andrew, on July 5, 2018, and shot Thomas before pushing his father from the room.
Thomas’ father, who was unarmed, provided crucial witness testimony which included the gang’s attempts to sever Thomas’ head and the use of gasoline to set the body and house on fire.
The murder allegedly occurred a few days after Mavado was reportedly shot at by a group of men in the Cassava Piece community.
Brooks’ lawyer, Peter Champagnie, promised to file an appeal.