Kyle Felix, on Saturday January 6, 2011, stabbed Miguel Florent six times during a fight over a gold chain. The incident happened near a bar at about 11:30 a.m.
According to information from the court, Florent died as a result of haemorrhagic shock secondary to the stab wounds. He was stabbed four times on the front part of his body and two more to the back.
On December 6, 2011 Felix was arraigned by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and plead guilty to a charge of manslaughter by reason of provocation. The plea was accepted and a pre-sentence report was ordered by the court.
The report indicated that Felix, who is one of six children, was not known for being a violent person. He said to have been a very helpful, social and community-oriented individual, who took part in various activities in the community, played sports and was generally a nice person. The report did however indicate that Felix had a bad temper.
A psychiatric evaluation of Felix stated that he had no issues with the defendant save a mild depression brought on as a result of his actions on the day of the murder.
Taking all of this into consideration, Judge Francis Cumberbatch noted several aggravating factors, which included the loss of life in avoidable circumstances, the introduction of a weapon when the deceased was unarmed, and the fact that the deceased sustained two stab wounds to the back in addition to the four in the front.
According to the judge, what was in the defendant’s favour was the early plea of guilt, the fact that this is Felix’s first offence, that he expressed remorse and that he was a prime candidate for rehabilitation.
Judge Cumberbatch further noted that the delay in resolving his case was a breach of Felix’s right to a speedy resolution, despite his being in custody since January 2011.
The benchmark sentence was set at 15 years with deductions of five years for the early guilty plea and three years for the delay in prosecution. As a result Felix will serve a total of seven years at the Bordelais Correctional Facility with credit for time served. He is also ordered to attend anger management sessions while incarcerated.
Felix was represented by attorney Leslie Mondesir.