Snitch loses bid to cut sentence
Updated: Nov 16, 2020
A man who took part in an armed robbery that ended in a double murder has failed in a bid to have his prison sentence cut.
Virgil Hall was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment in a plea deal.
Hall was charged with the 2015 murders of Barry and Sheena Johnson after they were fatally shot during a home-invasion at their home in Deadman’s Reef in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Prosecutors dropped the murder charge against Hall on the agreement that he testify against his co-accused.
Hall’s testimony resulted in the convictions of Devaughn Hall and Paul Belizaire.
Hall was sentenced to 60 years’ imprisonment and 25 years for armed robbery.
Jurors couldn’t reach a verdict on the murder charge in respect of Belizaire but convicted him of armed robbery and he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Appeal Court Justices rejected Hall’s attempt to have his 10 year-sentence cut by two years.
Hall claimed that the sentence was supposed to be backdated to his remand date. Instead, he said his sentence took effect from the date of his guilty plea.
However, the Court denied Hall’s appeal since the transcripts did not support his claims.