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Mar 9, 2012

Soldier threatened jurors; will he stay in jail?

Glenston Bermudez

A B.D.F. soldier who pleaded guilty to common assault of two counts of threat of death, was sentenced to six months in prison in May 2011. But thirty-eight year old Glenston Bermudez has been out on bail since then because he filed an appeal on the grounds that the sentence was too harsh for the crime. The appeal was heard today before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin in the Supreme Court and Attorney Hubert Elrington is hoping to have the jail term replaced with a fine. Elrington submitted that when someone pleads guilty to such offenses, the court usually considers the outcome of similar cases from the past, which would have resulted in a non-custodial sentence for Bermudez.  He also argued that Bermudez had a baby girl at home when he pleaded guilty to the offenses and that should have been taken into consideration during mitigation.  The Chief Justice asked the D.P.P.’s representative, Christophe Rodriguez, if he thinks the jail term is too harsh. Rodriguez made reference to a few past cases, but CJ Benjamin didn’t see any similarities. After hearing both sides, the CJ reserved his ruling for next Friday. The charges arose after Bermudez’s brother; Glenford “Bucket” Bermudez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison on April twenty-eighth, 2011 for the murder of Raquel Requeña. The following day, Bermudez went to Bottom Dollar where two of the jurors, Aloma Arana and Desiree Garcia, were employed and told them to eat and sleep well that night because he would end their lives. Bermudez remains out on bail until a ruling is made next week.

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4 Responses for “Soldier threatened jurors; will he stay in jail?”

  1. Seletar says:

    1. He admitted guilt, so let’s not debate innocence.

    2. A father who threatens others with death is not a fit father to be around his minor children.

    3. A man in service of the nation should behave to a HIGHER STANDARD, set an example.

    THE PUNISHMENT WAS TOO LENIENT, in my humble opinion.

  2. now i see says:

    I say put him a few years in the back. He looks very unhappy lock his @&&. He will kill someone just like his brother.

  3. CEO says:

    He should be more diciplined because of his training. A death threat is a serious offence and should be treated likewise.

  4. Pelican says:

    6 Months for saying he will end TWO lives!!! INSANE!!!!!! He should get at least 20 years for each!!!

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