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Musician’s Wife, Two Others Sentenced In His Murder

October 19, 1991 GMT

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ The wife of slain drummer Carlton Barrett of The Wailers reggae group has been sentenced to seven years in prison along with two other people for conspiring in his murder-for-hire.

Barrett’s wife, Albertine ″Tina″ Barrett, 38; Glenroy Carter, 39; and Junior Neil, 41 were sentenced Friday, two days after they were convicted.

Carlton Barrett, 35, drummer in the band led by the late Bob Marley, was shot dead at the gate to his home in 1987. Investigators said Barrett’s wife had complained that he was jealous and had been physically abusing her.

Albertine Barrett has remarried and is seven months pregnant. Carter, a Jamaican who moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he operated several taxicabs, was visiting Jamaica at the time of the slaying.

In statements to the police read at the eight-day trial, Carter and Albertine Barrett said they asked Neil if he could find someone to kill the drummer. Neil said he would carry out the job for $1,123, according to the statements.

Neil, a mason, admitted in his statement that the other two defendants paid him a part of the money, but he denied killing Barrett.

Another original member of The Wailers, Peter Tosh, was fatally shot during a holdup at his Kingston home in 1987. Marley had died of brain cancer six years earlier.

Barrett’s brother Aston still plays bass guitar in the band.