PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP/WVOC) - A judge in St. Maarten has convicted three men and issued prison sentences in the murders of a couple with Columbia ties who owned a home in the Caribbean country.
Lead defendant Meyshane Johnson was found guilty of six charges, including two counts of murder in the deaths Michael and Thelma King of Mount Pleasant.
Johnson received a life sentence.
Two other defendants were convicted of lesser charges. Jeremiah Mills was sentenced to 28 years in prison and Jamal Woolford got 22 years.
Friends and relatives of the Kings wept as the verdicts were read out.
Gasps were heard from the audience when Johnson turned and smiled to the gallery at one point.
Johnson's lawyer said she will appeal.
Johnson had said he did not remember tying up the couple and stabbing them to death in their beachfront condominium on September 19th.