Teshawn Hamilton, an ex-firefighter convicted of the stabbing murder of his cousin, Eaton Lamb, has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison, less eight. Hamilton appeared before Justice Marilyn Williams on Thursday, March 12, 2020 for sentencing in the matter. He was originally sentenced to fifteen years behind bars but for his guilty plea and for the time he already spent on remand, five years and three years were deducted, respectively.
Hamilton pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter on October 28, 2019. The incident took place on February 18, 2017 on Antelope Street in Belize City. Police officers were on patrol in the area at the time when their attentions were drawn to a loud argument. When they arrived where the argument was occurring, they heard one person yell to another that he had already stabbed him. The two male persons then ran toward the police with one of them, later identified as Hamilton, chasing the second man, later identified as Eaton Lamb, with a knife. Lamb was bleeding profusely from his chest when Hamilton turned the other direction in an attempt to run. The police ordered him to stop and when he refused, one of the officers withdrew their licensed firearm and fired a warning shot. Hamilton was then detained and although he attempted to throw the knife in a nearby bush, the police located it. Despite efforts to rush Lamb to the KHMH, he succumbed to his injury while receiving treatment.