Now faced with 30 years imprisonment, one of the men convicted for the kidnapping and murder of Toshyna Patterson and her 10-month-old Daughter Sarayah Paulwell has issued a letter of apology asking for forgiveness.
The man whose identity was not initially released to the public has since been identified as 31-year-old Richard Brown. Brown was arrested alongside his co-accused Rushane Miller, Roland Balfour, and Leoda Bradshaw in October and later charged with two counts of kidnapping and two counts of murder.
Following his submission of a guilty plea, Brown was sentenced in the Home Circuit Court on Wednesday to serve 30 years each for the murders of Patterson and Sarayah, the daughter of People’s National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament Phillip Paulwell.
Brown’s attorney, Rita Allen, later shared a letter of apology her client had penned while detained and instructed her to share with the media.
Within the statement, Brown expressed that he is deeply sorry for the deaths of Patterson and her infant child and wanted their family, as well as the Jamaican public, to know that. Brown, who resided in Kingston and was employed as a graphic designer, also extended his apology to an unnamed mentor for the disappointment he had caused.
Brown went on to share his hopes that everyone will be able to forgive him one day. In addition to his murder sentence, Brown was sentenced to one year and ten months imprisonment at hard labour for two counts of kidnapping. Brown will serve all of his prison sentences at the same time, and according to his lawyer, he will be eligible for parole in 20 years.
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