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Dec 18, 2018

Life in Prison for Dangalang

Ernest Thurton Jr.

In the Supreme Court this morning, two men were sentenced in high profile cases. Justice Adolph Lucas sentenced Ernest Thurton Junior, known as “Dangalang,” to life imprisonment, but the twenty-six-year-old must serve twenty-nine years before he is eligible for parole for the double murder of Robert Young and Frank James. The murder goes back to October twenty-fifth, 2012 when both men were shot and killed at a dock yard on North Front Street. Justice Adolph Lucas ordered that the sentencing run concurrently with each other. He also noted that when a convict is handed a life imprisonment sentence, the minimum time before he is eligible for parole must be specified. Justice Lucas told Thurton Junior that he deducted the six years he spent on remand for the murder.  The justice also took into consideration, the aggravating and mitigating factors in Thurton Junior’s case. He noted that Young and James were killed with the same firearm.  The mitigating factors were that he has no criminal record; he showed and expressed remorse for his actions and sympathy to the families of the deceased.  But in Justice Adolph Lucas view, the aggravating factors overweighed the mitigating factors. The crown, represented by Senior Crown Counsel Shanice Lovelle, relied on the evidence of Kirk Pech, a neighbour who saw the incident unfold and Eric Martinez, an accomplice to the murder who turned witness for the crown and was never charged.

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