Sentences lessened for 3 convicted in St. Maarten murders

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (WCIV) -- An appeals hearing in St. Maarten on Monday reduced the sentences for the three men convicted of killing a Mount Pleasant couple.

According to Solicitor General Taco Stein, the sentences for Meyshane Johnson, Jamal Jefferson Woolford, and Jeremiah Chevon Mills were all reduced.

Johnson's sentence was dropped to thirty years; he had been facing the possibility of life in prison. Woolford's sentence was dropped from 22 to 18 years. And Mills' sentence was dropped from 28 to 25 years.

Stein said the court hearing was convoluted, adding that he would be issuing a release on Tuesday clarifying the details of the hearing.

Johnson, Mills and Woolford were sentenced in May after being convicted of killing Michael and Thelma King, a Mount Pleasant couple who had been visiting St. Maarten.

The prosecution is considering taking the case to the Supreme Court of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in The Hague to combat the appeals court's ruling.

The Kings were found stabbed to death in September in their beachfront apartment on the tiny Dutch territory. Police later arrested a Jamaican security guard, along with a 20-year-old from Guyana and a 17-year-old from St. Maarten.

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