On friday march 19, Jamaican dancehall artist Mavado’s son Dantay Brooks was sentenced to life imprisonment after the court found him guilty for killing Lorenzo Thomas in 2018.
According to the prosecution, Brooks together with five other accomplices, broke into Thomas’ home in Cassava Piece, St Andrew before shooting the 23- year old.
Reports indicate that the murder was in retaliation to Mavado’s shooting incident over a domestic dispute related to Brooks and an unnamed man.
The Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston said that Brooks will be put behind bars for 22 years before he can be granted parole.
The 18- year old will concurrently serve 15 years in jail for illegally possessing firearms and another 15 for an arson charge.
Brook’s co- accused Andre Hinds who was also slapped with a life imprisonment, will serve 17 years before he can qualify for parole. Hinds was similarly slapped with 15 years for illegal possession of firearms and another 15 for arson.
While reacting to the judgement, Brooks’ lawyer Peter Champagnie revealed intentions to appeal the decision.
“We have fertile ground on which to effect an appeal. We respect the judge’s decision, but we will be acting on the right of persons to challenge the ruling,” he said.