Cousins Appeal Conviction

Melissa Edwards, Senior Reporter | 1 Opinions
Published: July 07, 2017 12:55 pm AST
L-R: Sherman Williams and Jevone Demming
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Sherman Williams and Jevone Demming have appealed their conviction and sentence, in the attempted murder of a man, during the shooting incident at a night club on Virgin Gorda (VG) in 2012.

Williams and Demming, who are cousins, will have their appeal heard on Monday, July 10th, when the Court of Appeal is scheduled to sit in Road Town.

The case involved the shooting incident which took place in September 2012, where a St. Lucian native, Neil St. Rose, 37, was hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds.

In October 2014 following a trial, jurors returned an 8-1 verdict for Demming on the attempted murder charge, and Williams' verdict was unanimous.

Then in February 2015, Williams was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempted murder and Demming, 7 years. Further, Williams, who was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, received 10 years in prison for the offence.

During the sentencing hearing, the crown had argued for the men to receive the same prison time for the offence of attempted murder, despite the fact that the shooter was identified as Williams.

It was stated that while it is that Williams was identified at the shooter, Demming was not merely present, as he actively participated before, during and after the shooting.

During the trial, Williams was represented by Attorney-at-Law Stephen Daniels and Demming by Patrick Thompson.

Attempted murder carries a maximum of life imprisonment and unlawful possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life carries a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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