Attorney says sentences for St Ann family in mentally ill man's murder excessive
The attorney for the St Ann couple, who, along with their three adult sons, were sentenced yesterday to a total of 110 years in prison for stoning, then chopping a mentally-ill man to death, has described the punishment as excessive.
Attorney Ernie Smith says the sentences handed down by Justice Carol Lawrence-Beswick in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston demonstrate that emotions, sometimes, rule the day.
But he says he’s happy there is a Court of Appeal.
Sixty-five-year-old Velma Dean, has been sentenced to life in prison.
Lawrence-Beswick has ordered that she must serve 30 years before being eligible for parole.
Her husband, 69-year-old Joseph Dean, was also sentenced to life in prison and must serve 25 years before he becomes eligible for parole.
Two of their children, Dwight and Richard were sentenced to 20 years in prison and will become eligible for parole after serving 12 years.
Their sibling, Jermaine Dean, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and must serve 10 years before he is eligible for parole.
The five were convicted last December for killing 29-year-old Stanley McLean in Coltart Grove, St Ann on July 6, 2007.
McLean's frail, elderly father, Audley testified that he saw Velma Dean directing two of her children to stone the house where his son was hiding.
He said Dean and her children later gained entry to the house and he watched as Velma Dean stood over his son and chopped him repeatedly.
Audley McLean said a rope was tied to his son's feet and he was dragged out into the streets where Velma Dean again began to chop him.