Sentencing postponed in Blackbeard's robbery

New date is Oct. 27

Sentencing has been postponed for four men in connection with the Dec. 17, 2014 robbery at Blackbeard’s liquor store in Grand Harbour. 

A new date has been tentatively set for Oct. 27. 

Andrew Santiago Lopez, Bron Webb and Randy Connor were found guilty by an 11-member jury on Aug. 26. Devon Emmanuel Wright Jr. pleaded guilty several months before the trial. 

Justice Francis Belle, who is based in St. Lucia, presided. It is understood that arrangements are to be made for the sentencing to take place via video link. 

Senior counsel for Lopez and Webb may also be participating in the sentencing hearing via a live link from the U.K. The other attorneys concerned are based in Cayman. 

All four men, who were captured the evening of the robbery at Lopez’s house in Prospect, are to be sentenced on three charges arising from the incident. 

The first robbery charge relates to using force or the threat of force against the store cashier in order to steal CI$4,604.42 and US$582. A second robbery charge relates to the use of force or threat of force against a customer in the store in order to steal her purse and its contents, which included cash, bank cards and a cellphone. 

A charge of possessing an unlicensed firearm relates to a gold-colored shotgun carried by one of the robbers. It was found the next morning in Lopez’s attic. One of the robbers carried a silver-colored handgun, but it was never recovered. 

Justice Belle ordered social inquiry reports for the defendants and also asked for victim impact statements. 

Security camera footage from Blackbeard

Security camera footage from Blackbeard’s Liquor Store shows the robbery in progress. Faces of bystanders have been pixelated.

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