Nineteen-year-old Corozal resident, Steven Williams was today sentenced to fifteen years in prison after being found guilty of Manslaughter for the stabbing death of 23-year-old Samir Richards Vivas which occurred back in August of 2015.
Williams who was only fifteen years old at the time of the incident was originally charged with the crime of Murder however, following the trial brought against him which concluded in June of this year, he was found guilty of the lesser charge of Manslaughter by Judge Herbert Lord who ruled that the teen acted out of extreme provocation.
At the time of the incident it was reported that Vivas was socializing in front of his house in Corozal Town when he allegedly became involved in an altercation with Williams over a bicycle. The situation escalated and resulted in Vivas being fatally stabbed once to the abdomen.
Before handing down his sentence this afternoon Judge Herbert Lord heard a character statement provided by William’s older brother as well as a sworn statement provided by Williams himself. During his statement, the teen told the court that he takes full responsibility for his actions and expressed remorse over the incident. Williams also extended an apology to the court as well as to the victim’s family.
After hearing submissions from both the defense and the crown, Judge Lord handed down a sentence of fifteen years. Of the fifteen year sentence a total of four years and three months were removed for time served leaving Williams to serve a total of ten years and nine months. We must note that once half his sentence has been served Williams will be eligible to apply for parole.
Williams was represented by attorney Anthony Sylvester, sitting for the Prosecution was crown counsel Shanidi Chell.