Two men accused of killing nun and priest plead guilty in the 2000 St. Lucia church attack

(NY Daily News) Two men pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter while facing a new trial for setting worshippers on fire and killing a nun and priest during a New Year’s Eve Mass in 2000.

Kim John and Francis Philip are scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 13, but they no longer face the death penalty. Murder convicts whose appeals last longer than five years automatically face life sentences instead of hanging.

Defense attorney Al Elliott, who is representing John, said the two men could receive a lesser sentence if the judge takes into account their psychiatric reports and other mitigating factors.

The men were retried after Britain’s Privy Council, the highest court of appeal for many former Caribbean colonies, upheld an argument that they were insane. [more]


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