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Killer's Sentencing Delayed Yet Again

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

YESTERDAY marked the fourth delay of the expected sentencing of a man convicted of the paid execution of a banker.

The reason for the delay on this occasion was the absence of a the psychiatrist who was to present a report to Justice Roy Jones concerning 23-year-old Janaldo Farrington.

Prosecutor Sandradee Gardiner informed the Supreme Court judge that the presence of the psychiatrist was necessary for the submissions the Crown intended to make before the court handed down its sentence.

The Tribune understands the psychiatrist is out of the country until the end of the month. Justice Jones said the matter would be adjourned to April 30 as a result.

Farrington was initially scheduled to be sentenced last November to learn his punishment for the murder of Stephen Sherman, having been found unanimously guilty by a jury a little more than a month earlier.

However, the matter was adjourned to January 23, last month, to allow his lawyer, Murrio Ducille, more time to review the probation report.

Last month, Mr Ducille and the prosecutor were in the Court of Appeal, but the judge was presiding over a trial.

Farrington’s new sentencing date was set for March 19, yesterday’s date.

Mr Sherman, an assistant manager at the Royal Bank of Canada in Palmdale, was shot in the head when he pulled up to his Yamacraw Shores home on the evening of February 17, 2012.

He was robbed of his cell phone before being shot. His niece, who was in the car with him, was also robbed.

His wife, Renee Sherman, Cordero Bethel and Farrington were charged with conspiring to commit murder.

Farrington and Bethel were together charged with his murder and the two armed robberies while the widow was charged with aiding and abetting the murder of her husband. All three denied the charges.

During the trial, the widow and Bethel were acquitted on the direction of the judge, leaving Farrington to answer to the charges against him because of a confession that he gave to the police on February 24, 2012.

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