In 2006, Chanel Petro-Nixon was 16-years-old when she was strangled to death on the streets of Brooklyn. Her body was found days later in a garbage bag. In 2016, Veron Primus was charged with her murder. Primus was a former classmate of Chanel’s and the last person to see her alive.
Sometime after Chanel’s murder, Primus did time in a New York jail for violating a restraining order. After he finished his sentence, he was deported to his native country of St. Vincent and The Grenadines. In 2016, Primus was arrested for the murder of 24-year-old real estate agent Sharleen Greaves by allegedly stabbing her to death. It was after this arrest, New York police were able to connect Primus to Chanel’s murder. Primus had been a person of interest for some time.
Last year, Primus was able to escape a Vincentian prison for 12 hours while he was awaiting trial for Greaves’ murder. He eventually turned himself in. Now, history has repeated itself as Primus escaped prison once again a few weeks ago. This time Primus and an associate were captured by police a day later, with Primus’ prison buddy being shot in the leg by police during a scuffle. Primus was caught at a home where he was allegedly getting a booty call. The woman who gave shelter to the escapees has already been convicted and sentenced to prison for acting to impede their apprehension or prosecution.
The New York Post recently published an editorial urging the Brooklyn DA and the New York Attorney General to bring Primus to justice. The Post claims that Primus is using these escapes to avoid being prosecuted in New York by continually being sentenced for escaping. Primus was sentenced to 16 months for last year’s escape and 24 months for the most recent one.
The Post has also accused the Vincentian police of being lax and corrupt. A police officer was fired for allegedly helping Primus with last year’s escape. The Post also claims that Primus has also received special treatment behind bars due to the connections he’s made.
The US does have an extradition treaty with St. Vincent and The Grenadines; I’m just not sure how Primus could be sentenced in New York if he’s convicted of murder in St. Vincent. If you know, please leave a comment below.
UPDATE 7/18/2022: Primus has been convicted in the murder of Sharleen Greaves. There’s still no word if Primus will be extradited to the United States for Chanel’s murder.