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Bermudez sentenced to 20 years

Forty-six-year-old Glenford “Bucket” Bermudez, who pled guilty to manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his wife, Raquel Bermudez, was sentenced to twenty years today by Justice Adolph Lucas. Justice Lucas subtracted 9 years, 10 months and 18 days from the sentence for time served while he was in prison. In arriving at the sentence Justice Lucas said he took into consideration the aggravating factors and the mitigating factors as well as an impact statement from the children of the deceased. The incident occurred on November 22, 2007. Bermudez swerved his taxi into a taxi driven by his wife and forced it to a stop. He then shot her in the head with a shotgun from close range. The deceased was on the Burrell Boom/ Hattieville Road driving two passengers to Kolbe Foundation when the incident occurred. Bermudez was convicted of murder and he was sentenced to life imprisonment. He appealed and the Belize Court of Appeal allowed his appeal and ordered a retrial. He then pled guilty to the lesser charge of Manslaughter. Bermudez was represented by attorney Oscar Selgado while the Crown was represented by Crown Counsel Shanice Lovell.