The 28-year-old man found guilty of the murder of Lorenzo Stovell will spend the next 25 years behind bars before he can apply for parole, when he will be in his 50s.

Travone Saltus was sentenced in the Supreme Court yesterday for the murder committed in September 2012. The victim was gunned down as he sat on board a minibus in Sandys.

Police Crime Division Detective Superintendent Sean Field-Lament said the sentence for murder and using a firearm “sends a clear and unequivocal message to perpetrators of these types of crimes that there are serious consequences”.

The senior officer also said the end result represents “a culmination of hard work and effort by the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) investigation and forensic support teams along with the tenacity and dedication of our criminal justice partners from the Department of Public Prosecutions”.

“The support of the greater community with information and the courage of witnesses coming forward to assist the progress of this investigation was also a key component.

“Despite this significant result, the  BPS is mindful of the sobering fact that a life was tragically lost and another will now spend a considerable amount of time behind bars,” he said.

“On behalf of the BPS I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lorenzo Stovell and hope that this outcome brings some closure.

“I would also like to reiterate the BPS appeal for witnesses or information on other outstanding serious crime investigations – if you know something say something.

He also urged anyone with information who may assist in solving a past or current gun murder case to contact the Serious Crime Unit on 247-1739 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.