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Court of Appeal reduces life sentence handed to Kevin Jex down to just over six years

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2023. 10:41 am CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: Kevin Jex, who was facing life in prison for the murder of Desmond Miller, had a significant reduction in his prison time thanks to some legal maneuvering by his attorney Leeroy Banner in the Court of Appeal.

Jex, who was charged for murder, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in the then Supreme Court of Belize and on October 22, 2020, was sentenced to life imprisonment at the Belize Central Prison with eligibility for parole after 30 years. Banner argued successfully on appeal that the sentence was excessive given the facts of the case, and the presiding Justices of Appeal agreed.

They were also of the view that the trial judge correctly recounted the aggravated factors but it could be seen that he did not rightly apply the principles that have been applied repeatedly in this jurisdiction.

The life sentence was quashed and replaced with a sentence of six years, three months and 14 days.

In 2013, Jex got into an argument with Miller, who was a security guard at the San Pedro Water Taxi terminal, because Miller had orders to remove Jex from the area. Jex was allegedly harassing tourists but when Miller told him to move the argument ensued and Jex would later use a piece of board and beat Miller to death.

 

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