Murder: Court Reduces Antonio Myers Sentence

January 16, 2014

Convicted killer Antonio Myers was originally sentenced to a minimum of 38 years behind bars before being eligible for parole, however today [Jan 16] that was slashed down to 15 years.

Myers was arrested in 2010 in connection with the murder of Kumi Harford, who was killed in December 2009 when a hail of bullets struck his car as he was driving home on St. Monica’s Road.

Myers was convicted in March 2011, with the Judge originally directing he must serve minimum of 38 years before he can be considered for parole.

Myers leaving Court today:

Antonio Myers Bermuda Jan 2014

Myers has been the only person convicted of Mr Harford’s murder, however during the trial, an expert testified that evidence determined that two shooters were involved and that two guns were involved; one a 9mm pistol and the other was a 40 calibre weapon.

Following Myers conviction, the Police said the case remains open as detectives continue to look for other offenders in the case.

Myers is the latest murderer to have his sentence reduced following an appeal, following after David Cox, Ze Selassie and Jermaine Pearman.

The sentence reductions follows after a ruling by the Privy Council in London, which stated that the laws in Bermuda do not allow a minimum sentence over 25 years for premeditated murder and 15 years for  murder.

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  1. Soooooo says:

    He should have received 25 years!!!!!

    • OMG says:

      Minister Dunkley can you please tell me if that’s a gold chain around the convicted killer Antonio Myers neck? What prison in the World lets inmates wear GOLD CHAINS?

      What do we have in Dock Yard a GOLD STANDARD shop or prison???????

  2. Lol says:

    Love our system! All these guys b out in 2030 shooting again

  3. smh says:

    GOODBYE BERMUDA! This place is sickening. I won’t even bother to rant about our justice system anymore we are just finished!

  4. The Minister of Defense says:

    It maybe time to go independent! This is sickening.

    • Soooooo says:

      This is nothing to do with independence, WE need to change our laws!!

      • hmmm says:

        This has everything to do with independence. The ruling that allowed this was from the UK basically saying the laws of a colony can’t do whatever they want if they conflict with UK laws. Bermuda laws were stricter, the UK CHANGED them for us.

        • Suzie Quattro says:

          This has nothing to do with independence. The Privy Council just interpreted the laws OF BERMUDA.

          The UK DID NOT change our laws. We enacted our laws, and the appeals process is just to make sure the laws, that we enacted, are followed.

          It’s absolutely nothing at all to do with independence.

    • Rad Mumma says:

      We would still have the same highest court of appeal (presuming we remain part of the commonwealth like all the other islands

    • BlindPews says:

      And if Bermuda went independent, how do you propose we support and defend ourselves? Our booming manufacturing businesses? Our offshore oil drills? The precious metals and jewels ready to be mined from beneath our feet? People shout ‘INDEPENDENCE!’ but no one has a plan for how it will work. We are off to a good start being over $3 Billion dollars in the hole. Every politician who talks independence just wants to get their names in the history books, without thought to how we’ll actually generate money. And don’t say ‘Tourism’… Nowadays most Bermudians mistake service for servitude.

    • Sandy Bottom says:

      It’s nothng to do with independence. It’s our laws that stipulated the maximum sentences. If we don’t like it, we need to change our laws.

  5. What should happen is he get convicted of pre-meditated murder as he went there knowing he was going to shoot and ultimately kill someone!! A petition should be started now to change this law so that life if life!!
    We need to slow the appeals review down so this can be changed.

  6. vexed says:

    I just don’t understand how a killers sentenced can be lessened. These animals have committed a crime and need to punished for it. People have lost love ones. VEXED!

  7. Absolutely nothing to do with independence. Local politicians need to change the laws in order to allow life sentences. All the courts are doing is complying with our laws. Basically their hands are tied.

  8. Sad says:

    This guy is a product of a spoiled, entitled society that has everything. I blame his parents and all the other negative influences. Maybe if you had a government subsidized university you could educate these lost souls and give them a fighting chance on this tiny piece of rock. The system creates attitudes of rage, you are seeing it more everyday. People feel trapped, bored and hopeless. There is so much hate and despair against blacks and whites, expats and locals. We watch high level expat execs rake in the money then go home. Locals have to be born rich to educate their kids overseas. Can you blame people for the inequality of the system or the government for not providing for their own. Shame on Bermuda, these guys are a product of the system. Good luck changing attitudes you have to address the root cause first.

    • David Henry says:

      Your comments are odd and contradictory. You start by saying “this guy is a product of a spoiled, entitled society”, and then go on to list all of Bermuda society’s shortcomings.

      Just a few points:

      Most high level execs go home because they aren’t allowed to stay here in the long run even if they wanted.

      I was certainly not born to rich parents, however my sister and I were educated here and then in college overseas. It was due to my parents’ hard work, sacrifice, pre-planning, and NOT their inheritance.

      NONE of this has to do with the story. You can keep blaming the “system”, but that is part of the problem. The system didn’t cock the gun and pull the trigger.

      Thank you for showing us what is TRULY wrong with Bermudian society. Lack of personal responsibility for one’s own personal choices, and instead a reflexive response to blame the government and the system.

      • Next says:

        Well you were one of the lucky ones. Here’s a clue, most Bermudian’s aren’t afforded that luxury.

        It is personal responsibility but the system is also to blame.

        • David Tavares says:

          I’m not sure which “luxury” you’re referring to, but I fully admit I am VERY lucky to have not been born to a couple of selfish, impulsive a******s. I thank God for that because let’s be honest, in Bermuda the odds are against us in that regard.

          Please enlighten me as to how the system is to blame for pure kids being born to unwed or even unattached parents. Does the system make certain people forget how to use condoms or contraceptives?

          Seriously, please don’t just ‘dislike’ my comment… educate me.

          • Sign Up says:

            Would it be fair to say that all men are not born equal? Well, if you can agree with that point then I can ask the next question. Why is it that all men aren’t born equal?

            In my honest opinion, the “system” that we always refer to, is the reason why all men aren’t born equal. A less educated person is more likely to repeat the mistakes of their fathers, ie: teen pregnancy, children out of wedlock, turning to life of crime.

            A poor uneducated man is more likely to have a poor uneducated son, who is more likely to have a poor uneducated grandson. That’s the system.

            Very simplistic view, but that’s all i have time for right now.

            • David Henry says:

              I would agree that it is very fair and very true of you to say that all men are not born equal.

              Soon after his father died at a very young age, my grandfather immigrated to Bermuda dirt poor and uneducated; he was illiterate and knew how to write his first and last name and that’s it.

              He worked very hard and lived very modestly. He married a woman who also lived modestly (and who btw, had dropped out of school in Grade 8; actually not too uncommon at the time). He managed to put his two children through school (one of them being my father), instilled in them a work ethic, family values, and a sense of personal responsibility. For the record, in spite of his major disadvantages in life, I never once remember him complaining about “the system”.

              Now, how can an illiterate man (not simply an undereducated or uneducated man) figure out how to literally raise his faimly out of poverty and provide a better life for his family’s future generation/s? It’s worth mentioning that every single Bermudian alive today is better educated than my grandfather.

              In spite of that, I thank my lucky stars I’m in his lineage; someone who–whether he did right or wrong–was man enough to face it, and not a coward who blamed his poor decisions on tired excuses.

              • Sign Up says:

                David, I understand where you’re coming from. Everyone loves a success story, where someone triumphs against all odds. My grandfather too migrated here at a young age and forged a path of success for himself. Many of his offspring have gone on to also have quality lives.

                The thing is though, your grandfather, as well as mine, succeeded in life in spite of their circumstances, not because of them.

                IT’s the circumstances that makes their stories all the more uplifting. Unfortunately though, not everyone has the fortitude to fight against the odds.

                When the odds are stacked against you, some rise to the occasion, whilst others simply fold. We can’t use our grandfathers lives as the template. They are exceptions, not the rule.

                A person born in the ghetto is less likely to succeed in life then someone who is born into privilege. That’s just the way it is. There are always exceptions, on either side of the fence.

                As a society we have to ask the questions, why is there such a huge disproportionate amount of young black males incarcerated and turning to a life of crime then their white counterparts? Young black women having children out of wedlock and as teenagers?

                To suggest that there isn’t a system in place, or that the legacy of slavery/segregation lives on would imply that black people are simply more criminally minded and over sexed.

                • David Henry says:

                  I hear you too, believe me. A good example of the system in action would be our misguided and frankly, racist drug laws.

                  One area where I refuse to concede that the system somehow hijacks our personal choice is on the matter of reproduction; especially in the year 2013. In Bermuda, this is something that affects more than just our young black women so I’m not sure it fits in well with the slavery/segregation living on narrative.

                  Regardless of whether you are black or white, male or female, publically or privately educated, poor or filthy rich; In Bermuda it should be crystal clear to you that the way to a better life for you and your family on this very beautiful, very expensive island is most definitely for you NOT to have kids too young or too casually. This immediately stacks the deck against you AND your future generation.

                  I do not see how this issue can be resolved by having society ask itself questions about itself. Or by a certain mandated policy or certain political party holding power. It will only be resolved when we as individuals make better, more thought-out, unselfish choices for ourselves and our families. This requires no formal education what-so-ever.

                  Also, I disagree completely, and think that we should definitely use our grandfathers as “templates”. We need all the positive examples (or “templates”) we can get. More men should emulate their character so they don’t end up like this dude in the article.

  9. me says:

    He should serve LIFE! What message are we giving we when give a reduced sentence?

  10. Want to Know says:

    Remember, that he has a life sentence, this is simply eligibility for parole. First he must satisfy the parole board that he is sufficiently rehabilitated to be released and secondly if he breaks the terms of his parole, he goes back to prison. But yes I agree that the sentence should serve as a deterrent to the other mindless idiots out there, but then they are mindless idiots, so it will probably not make a difference.

    • DC says:

      People, people, “Want to Know” is quite correct – this just means WHEN they will become eligible for parole – that’s all!!!! It does not mean that once these persons serve 15 or 25 years that they will be let out of the doors!!! Absolutely not, they have to prove that they can be allowed back into society. Also, there are conditions that they MUST abide by while on parole – which in their case IS FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES!!!!!! If they breach any of the conditions, they will be sent right back to prison!!!! People, can you imagine someone looking at your every move for the rest of your life! Simply put, parole ends on the day they die! Sorry to be so blunt but that is it! I know what everyone is saying that murderers should serve their sentence in jail til they pass away. But then someone will be talking about the $80,000+ per year to take care of them. A lot of these persons are relatively young, so that’s a lot of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!! Just saying….

  11. Tired says:

    What the H— is going on here. What is a “simple” murder. The laws need to be changed now. If you want someone in jail for life, give them 200 years. This has got to be the sorriest excuse for justice I have ever hear of. Your life means absoutely nothing to the murderers or the judicial system. Time to treat those convicted of murder the same way they treated their victims. GET THE LAWS CHANGED NOW.

  12. Kim Smith says:

    There just aren’t words. Some kid gets 2 years for skipping a $38 cab fare and this guy gets 15 for cold-blooded killing.

  13. Rock Watcher says:

    I presume that the courts feel that the sooner they can let these guys out then the sooner they can go shoot the remainder of the gang members and put an end to the whole saga! Good thinking! Just let them out now and let’s get on with it!

    • Bad idea as people can and do get caught in the cross-fire. Let the law do its job. Life sentences that are in fact life sentences will address the problem.

  14. 5 Star says:

    This is a travesty of justice. There is no way in hell that he or the others should do less time via reduced sentence. Maybe the tree hugger and bird should think about a petition to end this cra* rather than the wording of a referendum. This is sickening. Arab justice or US life without possibility of parole. SCUM. I will be calling the AG to voice my disgust.

  15. Nuffin but da Truth says:

    bring back Hanging…if you dont have the stomach for that,then shoot the bastards in the back of the head after they dug their own grave!

  16. D says:

    SHAME

  17. Bermuda is one sick mother f–king place. nothing but RATS in charge and the crocker roaches that’s behind them. F–K Bermuda I doing me. Eye for and Eye and a tooth for a f–king tooth. NO JOKE BUSINESS. MYERS U PIECE OF S***.

  18. ToLegit says:

    Poor Kum…at least one murderer has been found as oppose to the rest of the mothers up the hill who have no closure.

    Antonio looks STRESSED wayyy out. Don’t follow the crowd you can only go as far as the crowd…where are your friends now? Left you hangin high and dry
    2 lives taken and for what? Who will hire you? You’ll always be remembered as the guy that killed KUM…

    WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU KUM XXXXX

  19. X man says:

    Major Decision making in Bermuda seems to be among our biggest acts of stupidity –

    Bad decision making got us in this economic rot
    Bad decision making created all this unemployment
    Bad decision making Chased a lot of Business away
    Bad decisions gave us a 2.5 Billion Dollar National Debt
    and now it’s about to open the flood gates of hell by shorting the sentences of willful murderers.

    Are we in Bad shape or what!

  20. Mr. Meoff says:

    These KILLERS should never see the light of day again. LIFE IS LIFE. 75 years behind bars or until they die in prison of OLD AGE. Bermuda is falling apart quicker than we think.
    Nuff said.

  21. Smh says:

    People are so ignorant. So quick to blame the government, the police, when the real problem is the broken home. Keep your sons close mothers, you know what your sons are doing, and if you don’t, slap yourself. Both families are in pain. Antonio baby stand firm. Things are working in your favor for a reason. The public are going to say things because they can. They don’t know. Satisfied because someone was convicted. Anyone. It doesn’t matter if the person behind bars is the killer or not. The law is the law. Bermudians are too emotional. And rightfully so. But it isn’t right.

  22. **** says:

    Mother ****** should b let free to keep killin each other till they all dead help save the tax payer some $

  23. 2Early2celebrate?? says:

    Rest easy Kumi…I still miss you till this very day…I regret not answering your call…Forever in my heart**My Friend…

    Rot in Hell Meyers.