Man sentenced to 45 years for father’s murder

A man who stabbed his father 47 times was yesterday sentenced to 45 years in prison for his murder.

Lee Sweeting, 23, became enraged when his 76-year-old father, Leon Sweeting, refused to give him money and chastised him about his wasted life.

In passing sentence, Justice Bernard Turner said that Sweeting “literally bit off the hand that fed him” when he committed the “callous and cold-hearted” crime.

After his father refused to give him money on November 23, 2017, Sweeting went to his home in Bamboo Town, got a knife, and walked several miles to his father’s house on Ambergis Drive, off Faith Avenue, and butchered his father.

As his father lay dead, Sweeting went home and dressed a wound to his hand before going to the hospital to get treatment for the injury.

Sweeting initially told police and relatives that he cut his hand when he fell on glass while running from a pack of dogs.

However, Sweeting later confessed to killing his father.

In his interview with police, Sweeting claimed that his father attacked him with the knife and he acted in self-defense. The accused sustained a single cut to his hand and his father was stabbed 47 times.

At trial, Sweeting relied on his interview to police and exercised his right to remain silent.

Pathologist Dr. Caryn Sands said that the deceased had defensive injuries to his hands.

Cordell Frazier and Camille Gomez-Jones prosecuted. Kevin Farrington appeared for Sweeting.

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Artesia Davis

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

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