Confessed Killer May Get 50% Less Time for the Kidnapping/Killing of Phillip Paulwell’s Daughter and Her Mother

October 27, 2023 10:27 AM

The confessed killer in the kidnapping/murder case of 10-month-old Sarayah Paulwell and her mother, 27-year-old Toshyna Patterson, could have his sentence reduced by 50% after pleading guilty on Thursday.

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The unidentified defendant is one of three men (Richard Brown, Rushane Miller, and Roland Balfour) charged alongside Leoda Bradshaw for the murder of Patterson and Sarayah. According to reports, after Patterson and Sarayah were kidnapped from their home on September 9, he drove his fellow male co-defendants to Wareika Hills, St. Andrew, where the infant and her mother were killed.

Blood and dried bones were later discovered at the crime scene. The defendant is said to have distributed money allegedly paid by Bradshaw to the other men. He pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and two counts of kidnapping in the Home Circuit Court yesterday.

The remaining suspects have not yet submitted a plea to the court. It has not been disclosed if the confessed killer will be assisting the authorities in their ongoing case against the remaining defendants.

Due to his admission of guilt, the defendant may benefit from a substantially reduced sentence. In accordance with the Criminal Justice (Administration) Act, a defendant who pleads guilty at the first opportunity may receive a reduced sentence by up to 50%. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on November 15.

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