Source:Life And Crime Stories
Dancehall entertainer’s son among 2 sentenced to life for murder
Dante Brooks, a son of dancehall entertainer, Mavado, is among two males who have been sentenced to life in prison for murder.
Brooks, who is 18-year-old now, and Andre Hinds, were given the sentence in the Home Circuit Court on March 19 after they were convicted of murder, illegal possession of firearm and arson in January, 2021, in the 2018 death of Lorenzo Thomas.
Brooks will become eligible for parole consideration after serving 22 years.
In addition, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison on each count of illegal possession of firearm and arson. The three sentences are to run simultaneously.
Hinds was sentenced to life in prison for murder, with a stipulation that he serve 17 years before being eligible for parole consideration.
He was also sentenced to 15 years in prison for illegal firearm possession and arson. His sentences would also run at the same time.
Brooks and Hinds had been charged in the June 5, 2018, gruesome murder of Lorenzo Thomas in the St Andrew community of Cassava Piece.
Brooks and Hinds were among five men who entered a home and shot Thomas before forcing his father into another room, according to prosecutors.
Thomas’ assailants allegedly tried to sever his head but were thwarted because the machete they were using was not sharp enough.
They were then accused of pouring gasoline on the house and body before setting the place ablaze.
Prosecutors relied on the eyewitness evidence of Thomas’ father, who indicated that he knew the people who killed his son from the community.
One of two juvenile suspects in Calloway Cove triple murder to be tried as adult
One of two 17-year-olds who are facing charges related to a February triple murder at the Calloway Cove apartments on will stand trial as an adult in the case.
The charges against Owen Laureano-Cosme have been elevated from felony murder charges to second-degree murder for the incident that occurred on Feb. 8
A charging document from the State Attorney’s Office identifies Laureano-Cosme as the alleged shooter in the robbery attempt that left a woman and two men dead.
The victims were identified as Sara Cancel-Urriola, Angel Nater and Randy Garcia. Urriola was a 30-year-old mother.
Five teenagers have been charged in the case, including Laureano-Cosme. Three counts of second-degree murder have been filed against him.
18-year-old Keon Lester has been charged with felony murder, 18-year-old Robert Kay has been accused of conspiracy. A second 17-year-old boy has been charged with felony murder, and a 14-year-old girl is charged as an accessory. JSO has said she was the getaway driver.
Four teenagers were apprehended on the spot, and Kay was arrested later.
Investigators are yet to identify who pulled the trigger during the incident.
Man held in North Brunswick for first-degree murder of Somerset man
Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Joseph Battaglia of the North Brunswick Township Police Department have announced a charge of murder against a 43-year-old New Brunswick man, who was arrested in connection with the homicide of another man at the Farrington Inn in North Brunswick.
Demond Gray, of New Brunswick is being held in North Brunswick on the charge in the the death of Abdul Conteh, 60, of Somerset.
According to the statement, officers from the North Brunswick Police Department responded to the Farrington Inn on Route 130 around noon on March 20 after receiving an emergency call for an unresponsive male. After arriving, authorities found Conteh physically injured. He was declared dead at the scene, according to authorities.
Gray allegedly assaulted Conteh to death in the hotel room, according to an investigation by Detective Kerry Shutz of the North Brunswick Police Department and Detective Mark Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Gray was charged on March 21 with one count of first-degree murder.
He is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick pending a pre-trial detention hearing in Superior Court.
WV man arrested, charged with murder for beating his girlfriend’s son, 7, to death with hammer
A West Virginia man, who was arrested after he allegedly beat his girlfriend’s 7-year-old son to death with a hammer, is facing murder and other other charges, according to police.
Rashad Akeem Thompson has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, malicious wounding and two counts of domestic battery.
Beckley police stated the 34-year-old was accused of killing the boy and stabbing a 24-year-old woman early Thursday, March 18, at a Beckley residence..
According to a criminal complaint, the woman was the child’s mother and that Thompson was her boyfriend.
According to the statement, the woman was in critical condition at a hospital.
A neighbour was allegedly woken up by the mother knocking on her door, according to the complaint. The mother requested that the woman accompany her two children to her residence. The woman was successful in bringing back the mother’s 2-year-old child.
Thompson was apprehended and is being held at the Southern Regional Jail until his indictment.
The incident is still being investigated.
Investigation underway, man charged with murder in Feb homicide of Ranea Bell
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Ames Police Department are conducting investigation into a February homicide for which a man has been charged with murder.
33-year-old Richard George Fleck, also called Rashaud Sims, was identified as a suspect in the incident that occurred on Feb. 20.
The investigation started on Feb. 20, when the lifeless body of Ranea Bell, 37, was found about 7 p.m. in a residence at 407 S. Fifth St. in Ames, according to the Ames Police Department.
Evidence inside the residence led investigators to determine that Bell’s death was the result of a homicide, and police named Fleck as a suspect. Fleck was at that time believed to be in the Kansas City, Missouri, area but had ties in Texas and Mississippi, according to police.
The Des Moines Police Department apprehended Fleck on March 20 for two alleged assaults of females in east Des Moines. The department issued the following statement midday Sunday in regard to the arrest of Fleck:
On 21 March 2021, at approximately 12:50 a.m., Des Moines Police Department police officers and Des Moines Fire Department rescue personnel responded to a home in the 2500 block of Garfield Avenue to investigate a report of an assault.
First responders arrived to find an adult female victim suffering from serious facial injuries. She was transported by Des Moines Fire Department medics to MercyOne – Des Moines where she remains hospitalized. She is expected to survive.
Officers learned that a witness had apparently interrupted the attack and then fled the home to call police. The suspect chased after the witness and began to assault her. Neighbors witnessed this and intervened. The suspect then fled the scene on foot.
Des Moines Police Department police officers established a perimeter and initiated a K-9 search for the suspect. A police officer assisting in the search located the suspect attempting to hide in a tree. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.
The suspect turned out to be Fleck. Further investigation found he had an active Murder–1st Degree warrant issued by the Ames Police Department. Ames Police Department investigators were contacted and responded to the scene, where they arrested Fleck.
Des Moines Police Department police officers had a consultation with the Polk County Attorney’s office about appropriate charges for the assault incident. Warrants have since been requested for Attempted Murder and Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury.
Fleck is facing a charge of first-degree murder after he was arrested early on March 21 and turned over the Ames Police Department.
He is being detained in the Story County Jail on a $1 million bond.
Elderly woman charged in Mafraq murder of her married daughter for “family honour”
An elderly woman is facing charges after she allegedly killed her 39-year-old married daughter for reasons related to “family honour” earlier in the month in Mafraq.
The woman, 65, has been charged by the Criminal Court prosecutor with premeditated murder.
Police Spokesperson Lt. Col. Amer Sartawi said, the victim sustained one fatal stab wound to the heart allegedly by her mother while in her house on March 11.
Sartawi said, “We were informed that a woman stabbed her daughter and we headed to the crime scene and arrested the mother without any major incident.”
Investigators concluded that the mother was the “sole perpetrator in the stabbing incident, according to a senior judicial source,
According to the senior judicial source, the victim had marital problems with her husband and moved back in with the suspect nearly two years ago.
The victim had stomach pain on the day of the incident and went to the doctor with the suspect, according to the senior judicial source.
According to a senior judicial source, the victim’s mother and the woman were told by the physician that the victim was five months pregnant.
The senior judicial source said, “The physician congratulated the mother telling her that her daughter was pregnant.”
When the pair returned home, the senior judicial source said quoting initial testimony of the suspect, “the mother grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed her daughter once in the chest”.
When investigators and the police arrived at the house, the senior judicial source maintained, “the suspect claimed that she murdered her daughter in a moment of rage after learning of her pregnancy”.
According to the senior judicial source, “The suspect told investigators that she committed the murder to cleanse her family’s honour,”, based on initial interview of the suspect by the Criminal Court’s prosecutor.
A second medical source told that the victim died of a single stab wound that “penetrated the victim’s heart causing her immediate death”.
The senior judicial source said that the criminal court prosecutor had interviewed the victim’s family members and husband to know more about what happened.
The senior judicial source said, “Everyone was ruled out in the family, including the victim’s male siblings, of any involvement in the stabbing death of the woman. …The accused remains detained at a women’s correctional and rehabilitation centre for 15 days pending further investigations”.