Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2023. 8:27 am CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: This week, 54-year-old John Antonio Brackett, who was charged with attempted murder for stabbing 39-year-old Kenrick Valencio in the abdomen, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
Brackett appeared in the High Court of Belize alongside his attorney Oscar Selgado, where he pleaded guilty to one count of use of deadly means of harm.
For his guilty plea Justice Ricard O’Neil Sandcroft imposed a three-year suspended sentence, which means as long as Brackett avoids being criminally charged again for the next three years he will not have to go to prison.
Brackett must also undergo two years of anger management counseling and pay Valencio $6,000 compensation which must be paid by April 17, 2024 as defaulting will trigger his three-year prison sentence.
In February 2018, Valencio, a security guard, refused to let Brackett into a casino due to his behavior. Valencio told police that the following morning while waiting for a bus at the Belize City terminal, Brackett approached him and stabbed him.
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