Trio accused of murdering Mt. Pleasant couple appeal sentences

Johnson, Mills, and Woolford. (Source:
Johnson, Mills, and Woolford. (Source:

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The three men convicted of robbing and murdering a Mount Pleasant couple in the Caribbean have appealed their sentences.

On Monday, a spokesperson for the prosecutors office in St. Maarten said the case against the three men will be retried before a panel of three judges on the island.

Last month, a St. Maarten judge sentenced Meyshane Johnson to life in prison, Jamal Jefferson Woolford to 22 years and Jeremiah Mills to 28 years.

All three men are accused of murdering and robbing Mike and Thelma King in September of 2012.
That's when the couple, with ties to Mount Pleasant and Columbia, was found stabbed to death inside their St. Maarten home.

The prosecutor's office said under St. Maarten law, defendants do not have to give a specific reason for appealing a sentence, but said this commonly happens in cases involving long stints in prison.

As of now a date for the retrial has not been set, we're told though it's not  expected to happen before November.

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