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Paguada brothers jailed for at least two decades each for the murder of Paul Jex

Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2023. 11:46 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The San Pedro duo of Delson, 24, and Tionne Paguada, 20, were subdued on their return to the High Court on Wednesday, less than six months after their outburst in court following a conviction for murder.

They arrived in private and special escort for their sentencing in heavy shackles and handcuffs, the new regime following their own antics in July and in the wake of the recent escapes of various prisoners and convicts. At least nine police officers stood guard in the courtroom, deployed around the duo and at the main entrance and exit of the courtroom.

High Court Justice Nigel Pilgrim set a fixed term of 30 years for each man in the murder of Paul Jex, 32, in January of 2018, but Delson will serve 24 years after various considerations while Tionne, a minor at the time of the incident, will serve 21.

The judge noted that it is rare that the court must sentence a minor and an adult jointly convicted of murder in what is known in law as joint enterprise. Tionne’s youth is a mitigating factor in his sentence. The aggravating factors in the case were clear premeditation and planning to kill Jex, the method used to include attacking in public and “overkill” with at least five shots fired.

The court also heard from the late Paul Jex’s mother, Mary, who said she had to take over caring for the six children he left behind after his taking care of her for many years.

Defense counsel was Leeroy Barrow, and The Crown was represented by Crown Counsel Romey Wade.

Tionne, Delson, and Timothy Carcamo were jointly charged with the murder of Jex, but Carcamo was acquitted. The brothers are also accused of involvement in the murder of American student and tourist J’Bria Bowens on New Year’s Eve, 2022.

 

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