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Convicts get life imprisonment for murder of Rock Hall shopkeeper

Published:Friday | December 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The three people convicted of the murder of St Andrew shopkeeper, 27-year-old Clayton Byfield, have all been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Sentencing was handed down this afternoon in the Home Circuit Court by senior puisne judge Gloria Smith.

Andino Buchanan and Troy Smith were each ordered to serve 25 years before they become eligible for parole, while Precious Williams must serve a minimum of 20 years before she can be released from prison.

Buchanan was found guilty by a 12-member jury last month, however, Smith and Williams had earlier pleaded guilty.

Byfield, a former employee of the Urban Development Corporation, was shot dead during a robbery at his shop in Rock Hall, St Andrew in March 2012.

Buchanan was the driver of the vehicle which took Williams and Smith from Kingston to Rock Hall.

During a tussle between Smith and the shopkeeper for his chain, Williams took a gun from a bag and handed it to Smith who then shot the shopkeeper, killing him.