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Former cop gets life sentence for ex-girlfriend's murder

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 5:22 PM
Justice Lloyd Hibbert, who announced the verdict in the Home Circuit Court ordered that McKoy serves 25 years before he becomes eligible for parole.

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Lincoln McKoy, the former police constable found guilty of murdering his estranged girlfriend Jessica King at the Errol Flynn Marina in Portland, has been sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labour.

Justice Lloyd Hibbert, who announced the verdict in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston a short while ago, ordered that McKoy serves 25 years before he becomes eligible for parole.

McKoy showed no emotions after the sentence was announced, and only said "yes sir" .

IN PHOTO: The late Jessica King

McKoy's attorney Carlton Collman asked for leniency, pointing out that the former constable has two children, ages four and nine years old.

"They are suffering because they will be without their father for the most critical part of their lives," Collman said.

But Hibbert citing evidence presented during the trial from a teacher who witnessed King's murder on August 14, 2013 would impose a lengthy sentence.

"Even while she (the teacher) was passing and King was pleading for her life, that did not deter you," the judge underscored.

According to the evidence led by prosecutors Paula Llewellyn and Joel Brown, King was shot at close range, once in the neck and throat.