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Jul 13, 2020

Sentencing of Mason Five Further Adjourned

The sentencing of the five men convicted of the beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas has been further adjourned. Today, William “Danny” Mason, Ashton Vanegas, Ernest Castillo and sibling, Keiron and Terrence Fernandez were to reappear in the Supreme Court in Belize City where trial judge Antoinette Moore was to commence the sentencing proceedings; defense attorneys predicted two days of mitigation pleas. But that did not happen last Thursday because Moore’s contract had not been renewed.  Today, News Five has confirmed that once again, due to administrative reasons, sentencing had to be pushed back. Norman Rodriguez, attorney for convicted murderer Ashton Vanegas, told News Five today that later this week, they will be informed on the new date for sentencing.


Norman Rodriguez, Attorney for Ashton Vanegas

“There has been a further adjournment. You know last week we went to court and everyone was anticipating the sentencing being passed and that was adjourned due to administrative reasons, as you all know; I think my colleague cleared that up for the media and the Belizean people. We received a notification yesterday from the marshal that there will be a further adjournment. No reason was given, but it has to be something worthwhile and that we will be notified later this week as to when we will go for the sentencing.”


Norman Rodriguez

Duane Moody

“What does this mean for your client?”


Norman Rodriguez

“Well it means that he will know his fate later than he had expected. I can’t say how much of a difference because we don’t know how long they will take before they do the sentencing. In any ways, the time that you spend on remand normally counts towards their sentence so either way it won’t affect him that much.”


Duane Moody

“Did they indicate what was the reason why they had to further adjourn?”


Norman Rodriguez

“No, we just received the notice saying that the matter is further adjourned, the sentencing will not happen today and that later on in the week, we will be notified as to when the sentencing will be.”

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