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Former Coast Guard Keyren Tzib faces five years more in prison for attempted murder

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2024. 5:33 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Former Coast Guard Keyren Tzib, convicted of the attempted murder of a former colleague, will serve nearly five more years in prison as ordered by High Court Justice Candace Nanton.

Her attorneys Arthur Saldivar and Darrell Bradley were hoping for a non-custodial sentence, but Justice Nanton said that the circumstances of the case merited a maximum term of at least 13 years imprisonment. As the law stipulates that an attempt at a crime carries up to the same punishment as if the crime had been committed, Tzib could have been put to death if the Crown asked for it, or life imprisonment as it did not.

However, after a review of Tzib’s mental state and the various aggravating and mitigating factors in the case, she deducted six years for the inordinate delay in Tzib’s case, which took nine years to come to trial.

The judge further deducted two years for mitigating factors including Tzib’s mental state as it related to culpability, and two months of remand time after her bail was revoked in April for breach of conditions, resulting in four years and ten months more behind bars.

Justice Nanton however noted that Tzib showed no remorse for the shooting of Kurt Hyde aboard a Coast Guard vessel in April of 2015.

According to Saldivar however, it is her former employers and by extension the State who are to blame for allegedly covering up rape allegations made by Tzib against a former colleague that triggered her mental breakdown and led to the shooting. She was previously treated for depression and anxiety and subsequently for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Tzib shot Hyde from behind in the back of the head with an M4 carbine while aboard an official vessel returning from San Pedro Town. The bullet tore through his brain tissue which cost him his vision, speech, and ultimately his job as he was deemed medically unfit to work.

An appeal has been launched against both conviction and sentence.

Justice Nanton also ordered that Tzib be treated for her illness and be held in a facility for someone with a mental condition.

 

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