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15-year sentence awaits 3 men who absconded bail

Published:Saturday | October 28, 2017 | 6:00 PM

The three men who remain on the run after absconding bail before they were convicted of murder, now have a 15-year sentence hanging over their heads.

The three, Oshane Coley, Devon Harriott and Michael Jacobs, were each sentenced to life in prison in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston yesterday.

However, Justice Martin Gayle has ordered that they must each serve 15 years before they can become eligible for parole.

The three were found guilty of shooting Craig Lewis 12 times inside his St Catherine home in December 2009.

Lewis gave police investigators a detailed statement identifying his attackers before he succumbed to his injuries nine days later.

A day after the trial commenced Justice Gayle ruled that the statement should be included and the men, who were out on bail, failed to turn up for court the following day.

Police investigators later discovered that a fraudulently obtained land title was used to secure bail for Harriott.