Posted: Monday, March 21, 2022. 6:51 pm CST.
BBN Staff: Under a new procedure in the Criminal Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, Justice Ricardo O’Neal Sandcroft today detailed to now-convicted murderer Tyrone Reid exactly how much time he will serve behind bars for the murder of Rueben Perez in November of 2015.
That figure is thirty years’ imprisonment; however, after various revisions and reductions, the actual prison term will run for 19 years and nine months. Reid will have to serve at least 12 years before he can be considered for parole.
Reid, on March 2, represented by attorney Oscar Selgado, formally indicated to the court his intention to plead guilty to the charge of murder and his request for a Goodyear hearing (so named from a 2005 England and Wales Court of Appeal case).
In this procedure, the accused directly asks the court himself or through his attorney for an indication of the maximum sentence to be imposed by the judge in consideration of a guilty plea.
After carefully considering all the facts of the case, his social inquiry report and victim impact statements as well as other considerations, the Justice worked out two options of which he chose the second, a sentence of thirty years in the round.
Reid was the shooter in the murder which occurred on November 26, 2015, on Vernon Street, for which he is jointly charged with Keon Dennison. The latter stole Perez’s cell phone from his office after the shooting, which was caught on surveillance cameras in the area.
But by pleading guilty before trial, the original prison term was reduced by a fifth, resulting in 24 years. A year was re-added to cover the aggravating factor of use of a firearm; then, a total of six years and three months was deducted for time spent on remand, leaving 19 years and nine months.
Formal sentencing takes place on April 11.
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