A second man has pleaded guilty in connection with the kidnapping and murder of 10-month-old Sarayah Paulwell and her mother Toshyna Patterson, confirming Friday’s Jamaica Observer report.
He pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court in Kingston to two counts of conspiracy to kidnapping, two counts of accessory before the fact to murder, and one count of misprison of a felony.
On Thursday his crony accepted a deal and pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping in the double murder that shocked Jamaicans at home and abroad, and which triggered a parallel investigation by the United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service due to the fact that US Navy culinary specialist seaman Leoda Bradshaw has been charged in the matter.
Bradshaw, who lives in the United States and shares a child with Paulwell — the Member of Parliament for Kingston East and Port Royal — was charged on October 13 with two counts of conspiracy to kidnap, two counts of conspiracy to murder, two counts of kidnapping, and two counts of capital murder.
Her co-accused, 30-year-old graphic designer Roland Balfour, was charged with conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to kidnapping, and misprison of felon. Roshane Miller, a 29-year-old air conditioning technician, was slapped with charges of conspiracy to murder, kidnapping, murder, and misprison of felon; and Richard Brown, otherwise called Richie, was charged with conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to kidnapping, and kidnapping.
Due to security concerns, both men who took advantage of a plea deal on Thursday and Friday were not named.
The prosecution believes that Bradshaw flew to Jamaica with the sole intent of murdering the mother and her child.
Prosecutors said that Bradshaw met with men to arrange the kidnappings and murder, and promised to pay $500,000 for the killings. She allegedly gave the men the equivalent of $100,000 in United States currency as a down payment.
— Jason Cross