Harryton Rivers-Valdespino, the man who was shot dead while breaking into a house last week, was granted Caymanian status by the Cabinet in 2003.
Records indicate Rivers-Valdespino was in prison just before he received Caymanian status.
Rivers-Valdespino, 29, died after being shot in the abdomen by a 65-year-old homeowner while breaking into a home on Liguinea Circle near the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town. He had been ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device on his leg by law enforcement, but had taken the device off before he was shot.
Known also as ‘Harrington’, Rivers-Valdespino had been in trouble with the law from an early age. In October 2000, at the age of 19, he was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison for the robbery of a taxi driver that occurred in July 2000. He had pointed an imitation firearm – a flare gun – at the victim during the robbery, which was the first known case of a taxi driver being robbed in the Cayman Islands.
Records indicated Rivers-Valdespino initially went to prison on remand for the crime in August 2000 and was not released from prison until July 2003. The first batch of Cabinet grants of status started in July 2003 and went on through the end of that year.
On the alphabetical list published in the Cayman Islands Gazette on 31 December, 2003, of people who received status by way of Cabinet grants, Rivers-Valdespino was number 2,171 of 2,850. Rivers was born in Cuba but had family links to the Cayman Islands.
You can read much more on this story in Tuesday’s editions of the Caymanian Compass, which hit stands around 5pm Monday afternoon.