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Apr 10, 2006

Blankie?s murderer sentenced to life in prison

Story PictureA life sentence has been handed down to the convicted killer of a Belize City businessman. During proceedings in the Supreme Court this morning, Justice Troadio Gonzalez told twenty-one year old Jermaine Pascascio and the rest of the court “I have considered all the mitigating factors put before the court that the accused was sorry, he empathised with the family of the victim because he understood their pain. I took into consideration his tender age. There is evidence he was not the shooter, but along with the person. I exercise my discretion, I see some gleam of hope for Pascascio, albeit from inside the walls of the prison. It is the order of the court that you spend life in prison at Hattieville Prison.” Pascascio was found guilty of the 2003 murder of Inez “Blankie” Leal at the businessman’s store on Pickstock Street. Leal was shot three times in the face during a botched robbery. Marjorie Moyston prosecuted the case, while Oswald Twist was Pascascio’s defence attorney.

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