UPDATED SUNDAY, JULY 21: The governor has authorised the immediate release of Sheldon Brown, who was jailed for 22 years in 2006 for attempted murder.
According to a Government Information Services press release, Brown, 49, was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. That diagnosis, plus the fact that he was due to be released from Northward Prison in mid-October this year, led to the decision to remit the remainder of Brown’s sentence.
Governor Martyn Roper consulted with the Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy on the matter.
Brown was found guilty in January 2006 of attempting to kill James Fernando Martin on 17 Aug. 2004 at the Cayman Islander Hotel. Martin had been shot at least three times, the court heard at the time.
An appeal against Brown’s conviction and sentence in November 2008 failed.
During his incarceration, Brown wrote crime novels from prison.