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Sentence Appeal For Burning Man Alive

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A MAN is challenging his sentence after he was convicted and sentenced to 33 years in prison when he admitted to burning a man alive inside a car in bushes off a highway.

Justin Randell Mather of Bevans Town, Grand Bahama, appeared before the Court of Appeal yesterday with his attorney Erika Darr, hoping to present a proper appeal application to the court, as the letter he submitted to that court was not a valid one.

Justice Anita Allen granted Mather’s lawyer leave to present a proper appeal application before the court.

Mather was convicted last year after he changed his plea to guilty in connection with the 2010 murder of Devaughn Voitiva Fritz.

The charred remains of 23-year-old Fritz were found behind the wheel of a burned car in March 11, 2010.

He was officially identified by police as the person behind the wheel of the Chevy Cavalier on March 17.  

Mather returns to court on December 4 for his substantive hearing. Justices Allen, Christopher Blackman and Abdulai Conteh are the presiding judges. Anthony Delaney and Desiree Ferguson appeared for the Crown.

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