Jamaican dancehall artist 38 year old Vybz Kartel was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. Williams was murdered at his house in Havendale, a suburb north of Kingston, Jamaica August 16, 2011.
He will serve 35 years in jail before he will be eligible for parole. Kartel was also sentenced to hard labor which includes landscaping, bushing, cleaning toilets and mopping floors.
“As far as [Kartel] is concerned, we are not surprised about the sentence based on the posture of the judge at this stage,” one of Kartel’s lawyers, Christian Tavares-Finson, told the Jamaica Gleaner. “We will be appealing both conviction and sentence on instructions from our clients. Kartel has maintained his innocence, and that he’s interested in appealing his conviction.”
Vybz Kartel does not plan on recording music while locked up. Fellow entertainer 35-year-old Shawn Campbell, popularly known as ‘Shawn Storm’, and 27-year-old Kahira Jones will serve 25 years before they can apply for parole while 26-year-old barber Andre St John, otherwise called ‘Mad Suss’, is to serve 30 years before he can be eligible for parole.