32-year-old Junior Bradshaw has been sentenced to 18 years in jail after a judge found that while he wasn’t the mastermind behind a plot to rob and murder soul singer Joss Stone, he was indeed a ‘foot solider’ for the operation with full knowledge of what was going to go down.
Initially, Bradshaw’s legal defence had cited that their client had, “fundamental intellectual impairment,” which often resulted in him being led astray by others. The jury seemed to think differently. With his co-conspirator Kevin Liverpool being sentenced to life in jail, the court has ruled that Bradshaw certainly had the “capacity to join in the conspiracy to murder for purposes of obtaining money” as well as surmising “Liverpool was the instigator and you were the foot soldier, you were a party to what he intended to do.”
Judge Francis Gilbert QC summed up the situation, stating, “Liverpool was the instigator and you were the foot soldier, you were a party to what he intended to do.”
Back in 2011 both men were arrested in the town of Devon near the musician’s isolated property after locals noticed them acting strangely. When police arrived they found a samurai sword, hammers and chisels in their vehicle. The pair had devised a plan to break into Stone’s property where they believed she held $1 million in a safe. They were then going to kill the performer and dump her body in a river.
(Via The Guardian)