Vybz Kartel’s Sentence Reduced by Court of Appeal

Jamaica’s Court of Appeal has reduced the time that dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and his three co-convicts must serve before becoming eligible for parole.

Two and a half years has been shaved off the deejay’s lengthy sentence after the appellate court found an oversight in the trial judge’s ruling.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, must now serve at least 32 years and 6 months instead of the 35 years minimum he was sentenced to serve for the murder of his associate Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.

Dancehall artiste Shawn Storm, whose real name is Shawn Campbell, and Kahira Johns will now serve 22 years and six months, while Andre St John will serve 27 years and six months.

Vybz Kartel has been in custody since September 29, 2011, and will now be eligible for parole in the year 2046.

The four men were convicted in April 2014 for the murder of Williams at Kartel’s former home in Havendale, St Andrew, Jamaica.  Lawyers for the convicts had argued in their appeal that the life sentences handed down in the original trial were excessive. They also called into question the integrity and admissibility of the evidence in the case as well as the conduct of the original trial judge, Justice Lennox Campbell.

After serving almost 6 years for that crime, the appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on April 3.  The three-member Appeal’s Court indicated that they would address the matter of sentencing at a later date and asked Kartel’s attorneys for additional information.

In the decision handed down on April 17, the Court of Appeal ruled that the sentences imposed by Justice Campbell “cannot be said to have been excessive to such an extent as to call for this court’s intervention”.

Kartel’s lawyers have said they will be taking the matter to the Privy Council in the United Kingdom, Jamaica’s highest appellate court.


  1. I will love for a Judge to give Vybz Kartel a hearing and the judge can release him from prison because Vybz Kartel deserves to be with his family and friends and fans..Vybz Kartel did wayy enough time in prison for his mistakes in yr 2011..if judges that i see on the News that let the police officer don’t do time in prison after killing Brianna Taylor for no reason Vybz Kartel should go home free by judge release him from prison and a judge let a adult male go home free for killing Trayvon that was a minor boy a judge can let Vybz Kartel go home from out of prison soon. So many white police officers kill black people we see on the News and the judge let the police officers go home because it was a mistake like how Vybz Kartel made an mistake for beating some one to death like how police officers been beating people to death these past months and judge still let the police officers go back home to thier family and keep thier jobs after killing black people so way can a Judge do the same for Vybz Kartel? What i want for my Mother’s Day Gift this year 2021 is for Vybz Kartel to be released from out of prison🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏❤. Please let Vybz Kartel free out of prison😢🙏🙏🙏❤❤❤❤❤. This is yr 2021 i want this year to be a good year for everyone of people should squash the beef with each other of mistakenly beat some one to death because they didn’t trust the person that could be up to no good to negative action how Vybz Kartel thought about the guy he beat to death by accident because Vybz Kartel didn’t trust him because it could of went the other way around if Vybz Kartel didn’t have it out with the guy so i look at it Vybz Kartel was the Victim for protecting his self by the guy he beat to death cause the guy that Vybz Kartel beat up could of try setting Vybz Kartel to be murdered and Vybz Kartel didn’t let that happened…if some one reading this please see if you can reach out to a great down to earth judge that’s understanding to go where Vybz Kartel at to give hime another hearing to see and pray Vybz Kartel can be released out of prison soon for a new beginning😢🙏❤. Much respect😢❤❤❤❤❤❤.

  2. At least let the guy serve 3-5 more years and then off with a early release one should hope that he has learnt his lesson for his wrong doings and wouldn’t be silly enough to be released and seek revenge for anything


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