Kellan Lewis Jailed For 12 Yrs For Manslaughter

May 14, 2010

18 year old Kellan Lewis was today sentenced in Supreme Court to 12 years in prison, as a result of his manslaughter conviction in the 2008 death of 18 year old Kellon Hill.

The lone defendant of the original five to have been convicted, Kellan Lewis was acquitted of the more serious charge of murder, but found guilty of manslaughter and possession of a knife in Supreme Court on March 18, 2010.

Victim Kellon Hill

Victim Kellon Hill

The trial lasted for approximately three weeks, and the jury split 9 to 3 in favour of manslaughter.

Mr. Lewis was charged with two counts; murder and possession of a bladed article in public. Prior to going out the jury was informed that they could deliberate on an alternative charge, being told should they opt to acquit on count one [murder] they could deliberate on the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Mr. Lewis was one of several teenagers arrested by Police on August 10, 2008, on suspicion of involvement in Mr. Hill’s death. This was the second time Mr. Lewis was tried, as the jury which heard his original trial was unable to reach a verdict.

The altercation reportedly began when a group of teens aimed to rob Mr. Hill of his gold chain [which bore a likeness of Jesus] when he was leaving a party at Elbow Beach in August 2008.

The son of two teachers, Gail and Daniel Hill, 18 year old Kellon Hill was a graduate of the Bermuda Institute. He died from a stab wound to the heart on August 9 2008, only days before he was due to leave the island to continue his education at Oakwood University. A member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Mr. Hill is widely reported to have been an outstanding young man.

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