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Brother of popular entertainer ‘Elephant Man’ and another man were this afternoon sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of ‘Good Samaritan’ couple Jhanel Whyte and Tyawo McKenzie in 2008.
In handing down the sentence in the Home Circuit Court Justice Lloyd Hibbert ordered that the men — Shane Brown and Andre Ennis, the brother of the entertainer — serve 50 years of their sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Brown and Ennis were convicted by a panel of 12 jurors who deliberated for approximately four hours after hearing several days of evidence.
The two were jointly charged with George Cooper for the murder, but Cooper later turned a state witness after pleading guilty to a lesser charge for which he is now serving eight years behind bars.
The three men are said to have participated in the abduction and subsequent brutal murders in November 2008 of the couple who had taken medicine, among other things, to the three men following a motor vehicle accident.
During the week of November 4, Whyte and McKenzie were travelling together in a motor vehicle and met in an accident with Ennis and Cooper, who were travelling along Border Avenue in St Andrew on a motorcycle. The couple took the men to the University Hospital where they were treated and released.
The following day, it is alleged, arrangements were made for the couple to take medication and crutches to the injured men at an apartment in Havendale. However, the couple was never seen alive again after making the trip.
Their bodies were subsequently found on November 9 in bushes at Mount Salus, Red Hills, with their throats slashed.
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