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Kartel's mother expected 10 or 15-year sentence

BY PAUL HENRY Coordinator -- Crime/Court Desk henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, April 06, 2014    

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THE mother of imprisoned entertainer Vybz Kartel is hopping mad that her son has been sentenced to life behind bars, saying that justice hadn't been served.

She said that she was expecting him to be sentenced to between 10 and 15 years in prison.

"How dem fi give my pickney life and no body (hasn't been found), and him no kill anybody? How dem fi give a man life for what you don't find or what you don't see?" Teresa Palmer asked several times during an interview with the Jamaica Observer on Friday.

Asked what sentence she was expecting for her son, Palmer said 10 to 15 years.

Palmer said that she hasn't eaten since the sentencing of her son, Adidja Palmer, and three other men — Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John — to life imprisonment by Justice Lennox Campbell in the Home Circuit Court on Thursday.

Vybz Kartel was ordered to serve 35 years at hard labour before becoming eligible for parole. Campbell and Jones are to each serve 25 years before they can apply for parole and St John is to serve 30 years behind bars before he's eligible for parole.

The men were convicted for the murder of former friend Clive 'Lizard' Williams at a house belonging to Vybz Kartel in Havendale, St Andrew, on August 16, 2011. He was killed over the disappearance of two illegal guns. His body has not been found, a fact Campbell took into consideration in sentencing the men.

"This is not justice. No justice. No justice. You can't do that to people. I'm not interested in visiting him in prison I want them to let go mi pickney," she said.

"One thing mi waa ask the judged: Why him give me son life," she said.

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