Relatives of Clarendon family killed by Rushane Barnett have mixed reactions to sentence
Relatives of Kemesha Wright and her 4 children, who were brutally slain in Clarendon earlier this year, have expressed mixed feelings about the sentence handed down for murder accused Rushane Barnett in the Home Circuit Court, yesterday (October 20).
Barnett was sentenced to life in prison and must serve 61 years and 8 months before being eligible for parole.
When the sentence was handed down, Barnett, who was casually dressed in a multicolored island print shirt, a pair of black and green cut-off shorts and a pair of black shoes, did not react.
Mother and grandmother of the 5 deceased, Gwendolyn Mcknight could be seen crying and hugging her sister, who was with her.
Ms. Mcknight was also observed conversing with Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn, as Barnett was taken away in handcuffs, to begin his sentence.
Just outside the court yard, scores of supporters and relatives gathered, some in t-shirts with images of the slain family members and others holding up a banner with their pictures.
Ms. Mcknight, said she strongly believes that the time for eligibility for parole is too short, but said she has some level of peace, that justice was served.
And, father and grandfather of the victims, Horace Mcknight said even though he agrees that the time for eligibility for parole, is too short, he accepts the sentence.
Meanwhile, family friend Claude Sinclair said he will also accept the sentence.