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Contract killer jailed for 65 years

Contract killer Jahmaro Edgecombe was on Wednesday sentenced to 65 years in prison.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for Edgecombe, 25, who was paid $6,000 to execute rival gang member Kenyari Lightbourne.

Instead, Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson handed down the lengthy sentence.

Although Edgecombe has been in prison since 2016, Grant-Thompson ordered the sentence to take effect immediately.

Prosecutors alleged that Duran Neely, the alleged leader of the Dirty South Order gang, authorized a hit on Lightbourne because of his ties to the Mad Ass gang.

After Edgecombe killed Lightbourne in an ambush through Woods Alley on June 21, 2016, prosecutors said that Sean “Fire” Brown paid him the blood money for Neely. A jury acquitted Neely of conspiracy to commit murder and Brown on a charge of accessory after the fact. Edgecombe confessed to the crime during a video-recorded interview three weeks after the murder.

According to Edgecombe, Neely had offered him money to bump off Lightbourne and other associates of the Mad Ass gang, namely “Spider”, “Eyes” and “Kadi”.

Edgecombe said he walked up to Lightbourne and shot him three times with a chrome 40-caliber handgun.

Then, he ran onto Baillou Hill Road and caught a bus into the Pinewood area to collect his money.

Edgecombe said he paid some bills and gave the rest of the money to relatives.

He alleged that he sold the gun to a man known as “Mob”. At trial, Edgecombe claimed that police beat him to make the statement.

Edgecombe intends to appeal his conviction and sentence. He is represented by Anthony Delaney.

Raquel Whymms appeared for the Crown.

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Artesia Davis

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

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