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Death penalty set aside for murderers of elderly Manchester couple

Published:Friday | July 5, 2013 | 11:58 AM

The Court of Appeal has set aside the death sentence for the two men convicted of the 2006 murders of elderly Manchester couple Richard and Julia Lyn.



The Court ruled this morning that 31-year-old Lennox Swaby and 29-year-old garbage truck driver Calvin Powell, are to serve 35 years in prison before they can be eligible for parole.



The sentences are to run from January 2010, when Supreme Court judge, Marva McIntosh had sentenced them to hang.



At the time their attorneys had argued that the case did not merit such a sentence.



However, the senior justice had said the men showed no reasonable prospect for reform because they still maintained their innocence.



The Crown led evidence at the trial in the Home Circuit Court that the couple were strangled between December 9 and 10, 2006, during a robbery at their home in Mandeville.



Their bodies were later found in a dump site.



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