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On Monday, October 3rd, reports from the Belize City Supreme Court revealed that three former San Pedro police officers were found guilty of Manslaughter for the 2016 death of island resident Edwin Ixpatac. The three accused, Rommel Logan, Reydel Teck, and Jahisir Cobb, stood in front of Justice Ricardo O'Neil Sandcroft and, after the verdict, were remanded to the Belize Central Prison until November 9, 2022, when the former police officers will be sentenced. Ixpatac died on March 7, 2016, at 30, after being on life support at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City. According to an official report, Ixpatac sustained severe injuries in police custody four days before his death. While in a cell block, Ixpatac was reportedly abused and beaten inside his cell by the accused police officers. In court, police witnesses for the Crown testified of seeing video footage captured at the San Pedro Police Station showing three men brutalizing the prisoner. Witnesses say that besides being punched and kicked, the young man was struck with a baton.

[Linked Image]According to police, Sergeant Raymond Berry oversaw the station that night. Berry is accused of making a poor decision in not immediately taking Ixpatac to the polyclinic. Reports also indicate that Ixpatac had been abused while in custody. Following Ixpatac's death, police started an investigation that led to Logan, Teck, and Cobb officially being charged with Murder. This charge was later downgraded to Manslaughter, and the former officers were reportedly released via a $3,000 bail. Meanwhile, Sergeant Berry was placed on interdiction.

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Former San Pedro Cops to serve less than ten years for the death of Edwin Ixpatac

Three former San Pedro Police officers, Romelio Logan, 28, Reydel Teck, 27, and Jashimir Cobb, 27, were sent back to the Belize Central Prison to serve eight years and 11 months in jail for the death of islander Edwin Ixpatac in May 2016. The trio was informed of this decision following their sentence hearing on Wednesday, April 19, at the Belize City Supreme Court. The former cops were previously found guilty of causing Ixpatac's death in October 2022 by Justice Ricardo O'Neil Sandcroft. As per the court report on Wednesday, they were sentenced to 15 years in prison. However, the judge subtracted five years for their social inquiry report and relatively young ages. In addition, there was a further reduction for the 13 months they spent on remand. Thus, they will spend under nine years at the central prison.

The cops were reportedly expecting a non-custodial sentence, which is an alternative to a prison sentence and could be settled with a fine. However, Sandcroft told the convicted men that he could not give them a non-custodial sentence because the evidence presented in the trial was unsettling, and the cops failed in their duty of care. Edwin Ixpatac died on March 7, 2016, at 30 years old, after being on life support at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City. According to an official report, he sustained severe injuries while in police custody four days before his death. The police report indicated that around 2AM on March 3, San Pedro police responded to a call about a person struggling in the water near a resort just south of San Pedro Town. Police reported that they helped Ixpatac get out of the water, who appeared intoxicated and had injuries from washing against a sea wall.

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Cops Sentenced To Serve 9 Years In Prison For Killing In Custody

In what may be a historic sentence - three police officers were sent to jail for 9 years today - after they were found guilty of causing the death of a man in custody.

They are, 28 year old Romelio Logan, 27 year old Reydel Teck, and 27 year old Jashimir Cobb - who were assigned to the San Pedro formation at the time.

In March of 2016, they detained Edwin Ixpatec on a complaint that he was behaving disorderly in the sea near Banyon Bay. They put a vicious beat down on the 30 year old bartender at the police station that led to his death.

They were found guilty of manslaughter in October of 2022 and Justice Ricardo O'Neil Sandcroft sentenced them today. Now, usually cops who kill in the line of duty get off with time served or suspended sentences or fines. But, today, Justice Sandcroft told the convicted cops that he cannot give them a non-custodial sentence.

He added that the evidence that unfolded in the trial was unsettling and they failed in their duty of care. Justice Sandcroft told them that while he will not give them a life sentence, his starting point was 15 years.

From that He subtracted 5 years, 3 years for their good social inquiry report and 2 years for their relatively young ages leaving them with 10 years.

Further deduction was given to them for the 13 months they spent on remand.

So, the cops have a little under 9 years to serve and they were taken to prison to begin serving that tonight.

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