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Appeals court rejects shooter’s bid to cut sentence

The Court of Appeal yesterday rejected an attempted murder convict’s bid to challenge his 16-year prison sentence.

In 2017, Vilner Desir pleaded guilty to shooting Shanteria Smith at Joe Billy Park, Fowler Street, on May 2, 2012.

Desir was 17 when he committed the crime but was 22 years old by the time the case was tried.

The three-judge panel ruled that none of the proposed grounds of appeal raised by Public Defender Marianne Cadet had a reasonable prospect of success.

Smith was sitting on a bench in the park around midnight when she was approached by five men, armed with shotguns and pistols, who shot her multiple times, according to the prosecution.

Smith was familiar with the assailants as they were from the area.

The prosecution contended that the men shot Smith because they could not find her brothers, with whom they had a dispute.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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