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Jamie Dawson given 17 year prison sentence for manslaughter

Jamie Dawson

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014. 6:22 pm CST.

Jamie Dawson

Jamie Dawson

Tuesday, August 12, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin has sentenced Jamie Dawson, also known as “JJ”, 35, to a term of 17 years in prison.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Maurice Neal on December 7, 2002 at Bismark Club on Queen Charlotte Street.

He was previously tried twice, being found guilty of manslaughter in 2004.

But the Court of Appeal ordered a retrial from his appeal and in 2006, another jury was unable to reach a verdict.

Further complicating matters, key witness Nicholee Lewis, who identified Dawson as the gunman, was killed before his planned testimony.

Dawson, represented by attorney Anthony Sylvestre, called one character witness, John Pollard.

He had one previous conviction for grievous harm for which he served three years.

Crown Counsel Sheneiza Smith represented the prosecution.

 

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