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Businessman sentenced to life in prison for killing pregnant 14-y-o schoolgirl

Published:Thursday | February 19, 2015 | 2:34 PM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

The Westmoreland businessman, who last week pleaded guilty to the murder of 14-year-old Frome Technical High School student Sontoya Campbell, has been sentenced to life in prison in the Westmoreland Circuit Court.

Thirty-seven-year-old Cornelius Robinson, of Savanna-la-mar in the parish, had also waived his right to a preliminary hearing when he pleaded guilty.

High Court Justice Martin Gayle, has ordered that Robinson must serve 25 years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole.

Robinson was arrested days after Campbell's body was found wrapped in a garbage bag near the Cabarita River Bridge in Frome, Westmoreland, on Tuesday, January 27.

Campbell left home for school on Monday, January 26, but never arrived there.

She was subsequently reported missing when she did not return home that day.

Her body was eventually found with its hands and feet bound, and a cord around her neck.

A post-mortem examination revealed that Campbell's death was due to strangulation.

The post-mortem also revealed that she was pregnant at the time of her death.

Subsequent police investigations led to the arrest and charge of Robinson.