Devon Otto gets 9 years for shooting in CuracaoPOSTED: 06/28/12 12:16 PM
St. Maarten – Devon Chet Otto was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment yesterday for shooting two inmates in the prison in Willemstad on September 13 of last year. Otto is already serving the maximum temporary prison sentence of 30 years for the March 31, 2008 murder of Census Office employee Stanley Gumbs, an attempt on the life of Louis A. Richardson, aka Sticky on March 21, 2008, and robbing three American tourists on March 26.
Prosecutor mr. Manon Ridderbeks said that the new sentence will fit within the maximum of 30 years temporary imprisonment in case Otto gets a conditional release after serving two third of his first conviction. But in case Otto does not get conditional early release, the prosecutor’s office will demand that the new sentence be executed consecutively, meaning that the convict could spend another 6 to 9 years after completing his 30 years behind bars.
Otto spent some time in the Pointe Blanche prison before he was sent to the Sentro di Detenshon i Korekshon in Willemstad. On September 13 of last year he shot a fellow inmate, Lysandro Alvin Kani, hitting him in his left eye, neck, chest and arm; another shot hit an artery in the right upper leg of another inmate, Steven Ansel Servanie.
Court documents show that Kani and Servanie came from the prison gym when they encountered Otto.
Leonard de Jesus, who worked as a guard at the time of the shooting told investigators that he knows Otto by his nickname Rasta, and that the defendant was standing with his back against the wall shortly before the shooting. “He made the form of a pistol with his left hand. In the meantime a group of inmates approached from the gym.” De Jesus then saw that Otto started running and shooting.
Another witness, inmate Rudley Quirindongo, said that Otto threw the gun away after the shooting and shouted: “They are shooting, they are shooting.”
Thierry Kani also witnessed his father’s shooting. He is currently serving seven years for a brutal machine gun attack on Giancarlo Laker in Curacao. Lysandro Kani was released from prison after the shooting and he has since disappeared without a trace.
The court sentenced Otto for attempted murder on Lysandro Kani, for attempted manslaughter on the random victim Steven Servanie, and for firearm possession. Otto, who celebrated his 32th birthday last Monday in the Pointe Blanche prison, had somehow got his hands on a Smith&Wesson .38 caliber handgun for the shooting. He was reportedly paid (or promised payment) to kill Lysandro Kani by members of a rivaling drugs gang in the Kraal Specht district in Curacao.
Otto appeared in court with both hands cuffed to a security belt around his waist. He made a disinterested impression and he did not react when Judge mr. Monique Keppels read the verdict of her colleague mr. Rik Smid. Three members of the police arrest team clad in bullet proof vests and balaclavas guarded Otto in the courtroom with their hands on the grip of their firearms.
The trial on June 7 took place in St. Maarten but it was handled by a prosecutor and a judge from Curacao. Prosecutor mr. C.H. Hato-Willems demanded 10 years for two attempts at murder and for firearm possession, but the court in the end downgraded the shooting of Stevanie to attempted manslaughter.