Man convicted of murdering wife sentenced to 21 years
A Jamaican man who killed his wife was yesterday sentenced to 21 years and three months in jail.
Alton Miller, who was diagnosed with a psychotic disorder, was originally charged with the 2015 murder of his wife, Tiffany, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to his impaired mental responsibility.
Miller, who is a permanent resident, strangled his wife and set their home in Kemp Road afire. He then walked to the Wulff Road Police Station and told them what he had done.
His deceased wife had been burned beyond recognition and had to be identified through DNA.
Acting Chief Justice Vera Watkins started at a sentence of 30 years but deducted five years for the guilty plea. Miller received credit for the three years and nine months that he spent on remand.
Miller’s lawyer, Sonia Timothy, had asked the court to impose a sentence of 10 years.
Timothy said that Miller did not waste the court’s time and had not gotten into any trouble during the time he had spent on remand.
Timothy cited a case where a policeman, who killed his wife in front of their children, was sentenced to 15 years after he was convicted of manslaughter following a trial to demonstrate that courts deviate from the 18 to 35-year sentencing recommendation if there are exceptional circumstances.
The prosecutor, Roger Thompson, said that if the court wanted to deviate from the sentencing guidelines it should impose a sentence of 50 years after citing the case where the Court of Appeal substituted a murder conviction for one of manslaughter.