New Hampshire resident, Ally Mills can count himself lucky after receiving a nine-year prison sentence for Manslaughter in connection with the death of Kareem Morain on April 10, 2015.
High Court Judge, Justice Shiraz Aziz who laid down the sentence on Ally Mills last week Tuesday at High Court No.1 informed the convicted man that the maximum sentence for the offense is life imprisonment.
Morain received penetrating stab wounds to the right of the abdomen resulting in intral-abdominal bleeding.
The cause of death was hypovolemic shock, and a stab wound to the liver.
The court was told that on the day of the incident, Mills along with a group of men were drinking alcoholic beverages at a shop in New Hampshire.
An argument started involving another young man whose name was given as “Shem” who reportedly emptied some bottles on the roadway.
A struggle took place and during the course of the encounter which ended up inside another shop, there was another scuffle between the men, some of whom were armed with cutlasses.
Mills pleaded guilty to the charge of Manslaughter on April 27, 2016.
The presiding judge told the convicted man that he has given him the full credit from a starting point of 15 years as he entered an early guilty plea, having co-operated with the police.
Although Mills was sentenced to only nine years in prison, the time spent on remand was taken into consideration.
Justice Aziz ordered the Department of Social Services to provide Mills with Anger Management classes, and Hard Thinking and Consequential Thinking skills.
The judge also requested periodic reviews to be submitted to the court every six months, and made it clear to Mills that if he fails to comply with any of the programmes, he will be breaching the sentence and thus liable to be brought back before him.
The High Court Judge informed the convicted man that by pleading guilty he has avoided the need for a trial, and has saved the family of the victim from having to come to give evidence, thereby relieving the stress and trauma that they would have had to experience.
Justice Aziz described the incident as being extremely unfortunate and senseless as someone has lost his life.
He referred to the incident as being “group violence,” and indicated that there was drinking going on, and he took into account the location and timing of the offense.
Mills, 26, is currently employed at the reception area of Her Majesty’s Prisons.
In mitigating on his behalf, Defense Counsel, Peter David said that the process of rehabilitating his client has already begun at the prison.
In 2008, the accused was convicted for causing grievous harm and was fined $5,000.