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April 4, 2014
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Kartel won't record in prison
Barbara Gayle and Livern Barrett, Staff Reporters

Convicted dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel has no plans to record music while he is serving his 35-year prison sentence.

That revelation by his attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, came hours after the entertainer and three men were each sentenced in the Home Circuit Court to life imprisonment for the August 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

"He has no intention of recording while in custody," Tavares-Finson told THE WEEKEND STAR.

Last Thursday, Justice Lennox Campbell postponed the sentencing to allow defence attorneys to give their input and for enquiries as to whether the entertainer will be allowed to record music while behind bars.

ridiculous proposition

"That is the most ridiculous proposition I have ever heard that he [Kartel] should be given authority to record while in custody," Tavares-Finson said.

"The person was not convicted to do music, he was convicted to do hard labour," he added.

Kartel, 38, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, becomes eligible for parole after he has served 35 years.

Fellow entertainer 35-year-old Shawn Campbell, popularly known as 'Shawn Storm', and 27-year-old Kahira Jones will serve 25 years before they can apply for parole, while 26-year-old barber André St John, otherwise called 'Mad Suss', is to serve 30 years before he can be eligible for parole.

Lawyers for all four men say they will be appealing the convictions and sentences and Christian Tavares-Finson said they expect this to be done by the end of the year.

In handing down the sentence, Campbell said he took into consideration "there was a great deal of premeditation" in Williams' death.

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