April 04, 2013 01:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Believe it or not, there are a few downsides to being a celebrity. Perhaps worst of these is the potential for crazy fanatics. Joss Stone knows this firsthand, having been targeted in a nasty murder plot. The soul singer and former American Idol guest star is relieved to learn that the two men responsible for this scary plot have been convicted.
Nearly two years after their arrest, Junior Bradshaw and Kevin Liverpool have been convicted of planning to rob and kill Joss Stone. Found in June of 2011 with swords, rope and a body bag, the two admitted to a murder plot that involved robbing the singer and worse yet, beheading her. Why such a cruel plan? According to handwritten notes used in the trial, the pair was deeply disturbed by Joss’ relationship with the United Kingdom’s royal family. A longtime friend of Prince William, Joss had attended his wedding to Kate Middleton in April, 2011. During the trial, prosecutor Simon Morgan explained, “Joss Stone associates with members of the Royal Family, her concerts have been attended by members of it and she was invited to the Royal Wedding at the very end of April that year. Hence, she becomes a target.”
The entire ordeal has been extremely nerve-wracking for the singer, but that hasn’t prevented her from spending time in the recording studio and on stage. But she has begun to take a few extra precautions in the aftermath of the murder plot. She explained, “I’ve lived in Devon for a long time and nobody really shuts their door. I had an alarm but I did not really turn it on very much. I didn’t really have a lock on my door… But I do now.”
As of right now, Kevin Liverpool faces a life sentence in prison, although there is the possibility of parole after ten years. Junior Bradshaw’s sentencing has been delayed, but the outcome is expected to be fairly similar to that of his partner in crime.
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