TWO men said to be key members of deadly Spanish Town-based Klansman gang were yesterday sentenced to life imprisonment in the Home Circuit Court.
The sentences were handed down by Justice Horace Marsh a day after the men — Jason 'City Puss' Brown and Ricardo 'Devil Youth' Lawrence — were convicted by a 12-member jury.
Although the men have been sentenced to life, they will become eligible for parole after serving 25 years behind bars.
Brown, 34, and 31-year-old Lawrence were convicted for the 2005 murder of Errol 'Crackers' Miller on Monk Street in Spanish Town, St Catherine.
Both men were previously tried for Miller's murder in 2009 but the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict.
This latest trial began in the Home Circuit Court on Tuesday, January 10.
The conviction and sentences is the latest blow to the People's National Party-aligned gang, one of two dominant gangs operating in the old capital and one of the most murderous gangs in Jamaica. The other deadly criminal outfit is the Jamaica Labour Party-aligned One Order gang.
The Klansman gang has since last year been targeted by the police for dismantling. The leadership of the gang took a hit with the arrest of the reputed head Tesha Miller, which later led to a fight for leadership resulting in several members being killed, especially in recent months.
Yesterday's sentencing was hailed by the police, who have vowed to rid the country of gangs, which are believed to be the cause of the high murder rate.