By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A WOMAN was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Tuesday for having a role in the robbery of a web shop manager in Long Island.
Daphne Knowles, of Cartwright’s, Long Island, appeared before Justice Bernard Turner to conclude the penalty phase of her trial relating to the events leading up to the death of Andrea Carroll in 2014.
Crown prosecutor Basil Cumberbatch had previously argued that Knowles’ actions warranted 25 years while her lawyer argued for a sentence near the 10-year mark.
Justice Turner said that although there was a hung verdict on the murder charge, her involvement in the planning and actual robbery, warranted a punishment sufficient to deter others committing similar crimes.
Knowles was sentenced to 14 years at the Department of Correctional Services.
However, she was credited for the three prison years spent on remand and will serve the rest of the 11 years effective from Tuesday.
Knowles initially stood trial before Justice Turner charged with murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Knowles was accused of having killed Carroll between November 28 and 29, 2014.
It was further alleged that Knowles conspired with others to commit robbery and actually robbed Carroll of cash belonging to Bowe’s Web Games Ltd.
Carroll was found dead with cuts, bruises, a broken neck and a broken spinal cord.
The prosecution produced witnesses who said that Knowles, a fired employee of Carroll, approached them about a plan to rob the web shop manager.
Knowles, when interviewed by police after Carroll’s death, denied that $14,000 found in her possession had belonged to the web shop.
She said that as a drug trafficker she did not need to rob and murder a web shop manager for money.
Her defence, however, was not completely accepted by the jury.
While the jury returned a hung verdict of 7-5 on the murder charge, which must he a unanimous verdict to be acceptable in law, Knowles was unanimously convicted on charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Knowles would have faced the death penalty if convicted of the murder.
The 12-member panel returned the verdicts within an hour after being excused to deliberate on three weeks of evidence.
Knowles has 21 days to contest her convictions and sentence to the Court of Appeal.
Knowles was represented by attorney Sonia Timothy.