ST. THOMAS, V.I. – V.I. Superior Court Judge Michael Dunston
sentenced Ralph Titre to 25 years in prison for the 2012 murder of Tiny Jah
Dunston handed down his punishment Wednesday on Titre of Hard Labor, St. John,
a little more than three months after a 12-member jury convicted the
27-year-old man of nine of the 10 charges he faced in connection with the Aug.
17, 2012, shooting death of Jarvis in Belle Vue, St. John.
sentencing, prosecutors recommended 60 years for the murder conviction, 15 years
for unauthorized possession of a firearm and five years for destruction of
evidence to run consecutively. Judge Dunston, however, sentenced Dunston to 25
years for second-degree murder, 15 years for unauthorized possession of a
firearm during the commission of a second-degree murder and five years for
destruction of evidence. The three sentences are to run consecutively. Titre is
eligible for parole after having served 12 and a half years of his prison term.
commenting on the case, Attorney General Claude Walker said, “This tragedy was
avoidable in so many ways, but now we have a young man who was senselessly
murdered in the prime of his life. We
were fortunate to have a number of individuals who came forward to testify at
trial, and thank them for helping us to achieve justice on behalf of Mr. Jarvis
and his family.”
Dec. 1, 2016, a 12-member jury unanimously convicted Titre of four counts of
unauthorized possession of a firearm during the commission of or attempted
commission of a crime of violence, one count each of second-degree murder,
first-degree assault, third-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment,
and destruction of evidence, following two days of testimony and after a day
and a half of deliberations.
relied on the testimony of several witnesses, including Crystal Turnbull and
her sister, Shereka Turnbull, to prove their case. Both of the sisters testified that they were
at Belle Vue and they witnessed Titre shoot Jarvis.
trial was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Eugene James Connor, Jr.
and Quincy McRae.