Man pleads guilty of manslaughter in a retrial Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Abimael Pott, 17 at the time, was accused and charged for a murder which occurred on a school compound in May 2011. He was already convicted of murder before Supreme Court judge Justice Herbert Lord, who sentenced him to life imprisonment. His attorneys appealed and he was given a retrial and at his latest court date on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Pott, now 24, chose to change his previous plea from not guilty of murder to guilty of manslaughter.

Pott was convicted of killing 19-year-old Shamir Gonzalez, who was hit to the back of the neck on May 4, 2011 during a fight on the Louisiana Government School Compound in Orange Walk. Gonzalez was hit in the back of the head with a pipe which caused him to fall to the ground and die on the spot. The incident was one that was witnessed by many.

The fight was initially between Gonzalez’s and Pott’s younger brothers when the accused intervened to defend his brother and hit Gonzalez to the back of the neck. His new sentencing has been deferred for June 27, 2018 before Justice Colin Williams of the Supreme Court.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2018 15:03