Kenyatta Boynes, leaving the High Court today, Monday, October 24, 2016
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Kenyatta Boynes, who was found guilty of the execution style murder of Paul Prentice and attempted murder of another young man on Waterfront Drive in December 2014, has to wait another few weeks for his sentence.
Today, December 19, Boynes, 32, also known as Yhats, was scheduled for a sentencing hearing; however, Justice Nicola Byer said that the court is unable to conduct the hearing today. Boynes was found guilty in October.
The new date for the defense and crown to put forward their arguments on when Boynes should be eligible for parole is January 12, 2017.
Boynes will receive an automatic life imprisonment; however, the judge will have to decide at what time during his sentence he will be eligible to apply for parole.
The Lower Estate resident was represented by Attorney-at-Law Patrick Thompson and the case was prosecuted by Director of Public Prosecutions, Ms. Kim Hollis, QC and Senior Crown Counsel, Leslie Ann Faulkner.
The crown had contended that Boynes, on the night of the shooting, went at Aaron's Car Rental on Waterfront Drive to shoot and kill the other young man, but at the time, Prentice, 22, was also sitting on the porch. During the shooting, Prentice was killed as he was running for his life. The intended target, the other young man, escaped injury.
It was the crown's case that Boynes wanted to kill the young man over a handful of missing marijuana. The young man was the prosecution's star witness and he told the court that he saw the shooter's eyes and it was Boynes.
He also said that he saw that the shooter had dreadlocks. The shooter's face was partially hidden.