Joss Stone Murder-Robbery Plotters See Sentences Reduced

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 12:34 PM

By Michael Mullins

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British R&B singer Joss Stone's murder plotters Kevin Liverpool and Junior Bradshaw had their sentences reduced on appeal by an English court Tuesday.

The pair had been convicted last year, after they were found guilty of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to rob the 27-year-old entertainer. Liverpool, 36, and Bradshaw, 33, had been found at the musician's home with a car-full of weapons including a sword, three knives, two hammers and a chisel, along with masks and gloves, The Associated Press reported.

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Neighbors reported the men before anything could have happened to Stone.

On Tuesday, three Court of Appeal judges reduced Bradshaw's 18-year sentence to 10 years, while Liverpool had his life sentence with a minimum 10-year sentence cut back to just six-and-a-half years, The Independent reported. The jury that convicted the pair took just three weeks to deliver the verdict.

According to prosecutors, the pair had driven to Stone's home with the intention of stealing 1 million pounds they believed she kept in her home. As for the singer, the two men apparently planned to decapitate her and dump her body in a nearby river, The Guardian reported.

In announcing the sentencing revision, Appeals Court Justice Bean reportedly said the court's decision was in part based on Bradshaw being "of exceptionally low intellectual capacity," adding if he had been more intelligent, "he would have realized that the chances of a successful and profitable robbery were so remote as not to be worth attempting."

The significance of the minimum term is that it specifies that the parole board will only be able to consider for the first time in late 2017 whether the appellant can safely be released," Bean added.

"The assessment of future risk is a matter for the parole board and not for this court," Bean continued. "We have already noted the many references in the reports on Liverpool to the need for him to be observed for a substantial period of time before a conclusion can be reached on the level of risk which he poses."

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