Westmoreland gangster gets light sentence for two murders
For the second time in three years, Westmoreland gangster Lindell Powell has been given relatively light sentences by the courts after being convicted of serious offences.
Powell, who the police said is a member of the notorious King Valley Gang in the parish, was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment after pleading guilty to two counts of murder.
Powell, who reportedly said that he fired "five shot inna him chest", in relation to one of the murders, got a light sentence in 2019 after being convicted of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. On that occasion, he was he was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment at hard labour.
Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, said that her office will be appealing the 12-year sentence given to Powell. The Crown had recommended a sentence of life imprisonment on each count of murder with eligibility for parole after 21 years.
However, Justice Bertram Morrison sentenced him to 12 years. Both sentences are to run concurrently and Morrison ruled that Powell should become eligible for parole after 10 years behind bars.
Powell is one of six men who were found not guilty of various breaches of the anti-gang legislation during the King Valley gang trial in July 2020. In his latest appearance before the court, Powell pleaded guilty to the murders of Oral McIntosh on January 7, 2017, and of Ida Clarke on March 26, 2017.