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Man sentenced to 15 years for triple murder, thanks judge

Published:Friday | July 28, 2017 | 7:02 PM

A Westmoreland man who admitted his involvement in the 2012 execution-style killing of three persons employed to Guardsman Security Company today thanked the judge after he was told he could regain his freedom in 15 years.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jason Buckland was today sentenced to life in prison for the grisly murders, but presiding judge Justice Bertram Morrison stipulated that he must serve 15 years before he is eligible for parole.

Morrison said that was the best he could do after announcing the sentence in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

He said he took into consideration the fact that Buckland pleaded guilty and cooperated with the police and has been in custody for five years.

Buckland whispered "thank you" to Morrison and glanced over at a relative before he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

He had pleaded guilty to serving as a lookout as another man, identified as Kevon Smith, shot the three Guardsman employees, Sylvia Beckford, Judith McCauley and Brian Morris.

Beckford had four gunshot wounds to the head while McCauley was shot twice in the head and stabbed several times.

The plea agreement Buckland signed said Morris' body had six deep stab wounds.