Failed killing spree results in lengthy prison sentencesPOSTED: 08/28/15 4:59 PM
St. Maarten – Long prison sentences for Renald Reo Reymond and Rolando Cecil Trevor Arrindell and an acquittal for 25-year old Parbattie G. concluded the trial on Wednesday morning in the Court in First Instance about the failed killing spree the two sentenced men unleashed after a gunman shot and killed Reymond’s pregnant girlfriend Deyanida Faynette on March 18 of last year in Dutch Quarter.
The court sentenced Reymond to 16 years and Arrindell to 18 years. The prosecution demanded 21 years against both men at the trial on August 6, and 3 years against Parbattie G. Arrindell’s sentence was heavier because he fired shots at two police officers when they came to arrest him. Reymond said after the sentencing that he was unhappy with the verdict because it did not say anything about his murdered girlfriend.
The court sentenced Reymond for two attempted murders, two attempted manslaughters and firearm possession. The court found Arrindell, aka Flamingo, guilty of three attempted murders, firearm possession, a threat against the life of police officers and fencing a stolen car.
After his girlfriend’s death, 26-year-old Reymond hatched extensive plans with Arrindell to kill anyone who had had anything to do with the alleged killer of his girlfriend. In Reymond’s mind, Alexis R. and Brian and Terry B. are the ones who killed Faynete and he set out to hunt down these people and their friends.
The two men had a lot of firepower at their disposal but based on results, they did not have a lot of experience using them. On most of the killing-attempts they missed their targets. Ronny Brown was not that lucky. On July 24 of last year, Reymond fired several bullets at Brown from close range. The victim survived the attack but he is paralyzed for life.
During a search at Reymond’s house on August 18 of last year, officers found a .45 caliber Glock on the floor in front of a window, and a FNG USA pistol on top of the fridge. Also on the floor in front of a window they found a .40 caliber Glock 22 and in a blue bag they found a machine gun. For all weapons, Reymond had plenty of live ammunition at home and he also had a bulletproof vest
In Arrindell’s house, officers furthermore found a Storm Ruger and Coenc Magnum 357 firearm, hidden in a bag of potatoes in the fridge.
Arrindell and Reymond began their murderous spree two months after the death of Faynete. On May 16, 2014, Reymond fired shots at a passing car, but he did not manage to hit the driver, G.G. or his passenger, W.M.
On July 20, 2014 Reynond took aim at his next victims F.K. and his sister E.A. by firing shots at the window of a bedroom in their home on the Illidge Road. Parbattie G.was charged as an accessory to this crime, because she lives across from the intended victims and provided the friends with information about the bedroom one of the victims used.
Four days later Reymond’s co-defendant Arrindell fired several shots at S.R.B. and J.M.P. and these targets also escaped with their lives.
A week later, on July 31, Reymond made an attempt on the life of A.R. – again without success.
After this shooting incident things calmed down until February 28 of this year when Arrindell made a second attempt on the life of F.L., who was passing by on Illidge Road on a quad bike in the company of his girlfriend J.M.
On March 7, Arrindell put the cream on the criminal cake by firing shots at the heads and body of two police officers who had come to arrest him.
“The ruthless manner the defendants fired at their victims characterizes his cold and extremely violent behavior,” the court states in the ruling. “The defendants have shown a total disrespect for the life of fellow human beings. The frequency and the ease with which in this case shots have been fired at people and the circumstance that the defendants do not take any responsibility for their actions, make us fear for the future.”
Arrindell’s shots at two police officers did not go down well with the court either. “The authority of the constitutional state is at stake here. By targeting the police officers, who are serving the general interest, a critical limit has been surpassed.”
The court highly values the protection and safety of police officers in the line of duty and considers Arrindell’s actions an aggravating circumstance. “The defendant has expressed his disdain for the constitutional state and places himself outside of the established order.”
Unlike Reymond, Arrindell has a criminal record and this circumstance also contributed to a higher punishment.
The court acquitted Parbattie G. of charges that she had provided information about the whereabouts of two of Reymond’s and Arrindell’s intended victims. There is “insufficient legal and convincing evidence” that G. knew what the two men intended to do with her information, the court ruled.