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St. Thomas Man Convicted In Brother's Murder

Feb. 18, 2005 – A 22-year-old man was convicted Thursday in Superior Court for the stabbing death of his younger brother on New Year's Day last year.
After deliberating for about an hour, the jury handed a unanimous guilty verdict for Glenford Prince, who had been charged with murdering his 17-year-old brother Isiah Pereira in the Tutu Hi-Rise housing community apartment they lived in with their mother.
Prince was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree assault and use of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime.
Police had found Pereira dead at the scene with two stab wounds to the chest. A bloody six-inch kitchen knife was also found at the scene. Prince had told police at the time that he and his brother had been in a confrontation, and his brother had apparently fallen on the knife. (See " St. Thomas Starts New Year With Homicide No. 1").
Delia Smith, assistant attorney general, said Friday afternoon that Prince's testimony changed from what he earlier told the police and had many inconsistencies.
"He was discredited several times throughout his testimony, and the jury saw it for what it was," Smith said.
Smith said the defense tried to paint a picture of self-defense, but was not able to substantiate that claim.
Prince will face a mandatory minimum of 10 years imprisonment and up to life imprisonment because of a prior rape conviction, Smith said. The mandatory minimum for second-degree murder without a prior felony conviction is five years. Prince will be sentenced March 30 in Superior Court.
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