The man who reportedly did the fatal shooting to death of Black Bay Businessman Anthony Frederick has finally pleaded guilty to the charge of murder, four years after the crime was committed.
Albert Griffith of Grenville Vale, St. George’s entered a guilty plea on Monday when the case once again came up for trial at High Court Number One.
Griffith told the court that was being presided over by Madam Justice Clare Henry he was fully advised by his counsel Teddy St. Louis, and by his free will fully understands the course of action.
The change of plea came after the State decided to proceed on a charge of non-capital murder instead of capital murder.
St. Louis told The New Today Newspaper capital murder is reserved for the most serious offenders.
He said that in the opinion of the prosecution, the murder of Frederick that took place on February 8, 2008 was not on the scale that could be compared and described as “the worse of the worst.”
With the action taken by the State, Griffith would not be facing the death penalty or life imprisonment.
Griffith was remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison to await sentencing on July 19.
Justice Henry ordered a psychiatric evaluation, and a social inquiry report in time for the sentencing.
St. Louis said the defense team is looking at the possibility of calling character witnesses during the sentencing phase of the trial.
He spoke of his client having no previous convictions which he said is an automatic discount to the term of imprisonment that Justice Henry can impose upon Griffith.
“Although it’s a serious offense the fact that he has no previous conviction, that would go in his favour,” he said.
Griffith was jointly charged with Kenny Morain Braveboy, and Che Phillip who turned State witness after he accepted the plea of the lesser offense of manslaughter in 2010.
On April 18, 2011 Braveboy’s charge was reduced to manslaughter.
The 59-year old Frederick who was a small businessman was shot inside of the “All Class Shopping Centre,” which he operated at Black Bay, St. John’s as he foiled a robbery that was taking place.
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