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Nov 13, 2017

20 Years for Glenford “Bucket” Bermudez on Wife Manslaughter

Glenford Gilbert Bermudez

Justice Adolph Lucas this afternoon sentenced forty-six-year-old Glenford Gilbert Bermudez to twenty years imprisonment for the November twenty-second, 2007 killing of his wife.  The time Bermudez has spent behind bars, which is nine years ten months and eighteen days will be deducted from his twenty-year sentence which means he will be spending another ten years behind bars. On October thirty-first, 2017, Bermudez pleaded guilty to the alternative charge of manslaughter instead of murder.   Judge Lucas today said that he took into consideration, both the mitigating and aggravating factors in arriving at a suitable sentence for the crime he committed.  He also took into consideration, a victim impact assessment report from two of the seven children of the victim, as well as an affidavit, filed by defence attorney Oscar Selgado regarding his good behaviour while at the Belize Central Prison.  After sentencing today, Racquel Bermudez’s eldest daughter Florent told us she accepts the verdict, but it does not take away ten years of pain for her family.

 

Florent Bermudez

Florent Bermudez, Daughter of Deceased

“Dat da di max weh it could get; the max da twenty years’ imprisonment, noh life no mo. But we get satisfaction and that is the closest we come, so we grateful fu weh we get – although it can’t bring her back but we accept what we get.”

 

Reporter

“Tell us what this ten years – it’s almost ten years now? The twenty-second of this month will make ten years since your mom was killed. Tell us what it has been like for you and your family. How many of you did she die leaving?”

 

Florent Bermudez

“Ih dead left seven of us – six girls, one boy.”

 

Reporter

“The youngest was what age?”

 

Florent Bermudez

“Two [years].”

 

Reporter

“So how have you all been able to explain to a then-two-year-old – how old is she now, about twelve? – how have you been able – that transition from losing her mother so young to now? How have she been able to cope with it? Does she understand where Mommy has gone? How have you been able to talk to the youngest about the death of her mother, so young?”

 

Florent Bermudez

“It really did a thing on her because she really doesn’t still comprehend in school, in her school work, still can’t focus, still behind, still need a lot of therapy to go through. But with our love – the love of our sisters and brothers together, we will fight it. We will help ah through it.”

 

In 2007, Bermudez drove his vehicle in front of his wife’s and fired a single shot which caught her in the head, killing her on the spot. He attempted to take his life, but was unsuccessful.

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