Dennis Alma Robinson. *File photo
Dennis Alma Robinson. *File photo
FRIDAY, MARCH 11: Dennis Alma Robinson today had his life sentence reduced to a minimum of 11 years — down from 15 ­ — for his role in the brutal murder of the Cooper twins.

Robinson, 39, stood and guarded the door of the Cottage Hill, Hamilton Parish home as Kenneth Burgess bludgeoned to death Jamal and Jahmil Cooper, both 20, on March 13, 2005.

Their decomposed bodies were discovered exactly a month later off Abbot’s Cliff.

Robinson had originally been sentenced to life behind bars with parole at 15 years.

He took his case to the Court of Appeal where the sentence was changed to 12 years and then to the Privy Council who dismissed it and sent the case back to the Supreme Court.

Chief Justice Richard Ground changed the sentence from 12 to years to 11 years because Robinson suffered a beating in prison by Burgess and co-accused Kamal Trott in 2007.

Burgess blamed Robinson for his conviction.

Robinson was in hospital for three weeks following the beating and was put in segregation for his own protection for two-and-a-half years.

Justice Ground said had it not been for the beating, the sentence would have been 12 years.

He sentenced Robinson to life in prison but he must serve a minimum of 11 years before being eligible for parole.

The sentence runs from March 2005.