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Vybz Kartel jailed for 35 years without parole

DANCEHALL STAR Vybz Kartel has been jailed for 35 years with no parole for the murder of a former associate.

The Clarks hitmaker arrived at court earlier today (Apr 3) for sentencing, a week after his original date was postponed due to a disagreement in sentencing guidelines.

Kartel and three co-accused were found guilty of killing Clive 'Lizard' Williams over two missing guns at the star's house on August 16, 2011.

The crown led evidence that Williams was taken to Kartel's house where he was beaten to death.

His body has not been found, but the prosecution relied on common design, circumstantial evidence, voice notes and text messages to prove the case against the men.

The defence has indicated it will be appealing the verdict.

Kartel's lawyer Christian Tavares-Finson said: "As far as Adidja Palmer is concerned, we are not surprised about the sentence based on the posture of the judge at this stage.

"And, we did indeed advance certain mitigating factors which I think did play a part in the sentence. We will be appealing both conviction and sentence on instructions from our clients. Kartel has maintained his innocence, and that he’s interested in appealing his conviction."

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