A GUNMAN from south Sefton has been jailed for life for shooting dead promising young rapper Miguel Reynolds three years ago, while three other men from the area were also given lengthy prison terms for their part in the murder plot.
Liam Watson, 31, of Litherland Park. was jailed for life in prison, to serve a minimum of 30 years, for murder, conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to possess a prohibited firearm and conspiracy to possess ammunition, who at a trial at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday, May 4.
Mr Reynolds, originally from Manchester, was killed in November 2018 after he was lured to Netherton, believing he was going to buy a car.
However, it was a plot to rob the 21-year-old at gunpoint when he arrived at lockup garages on Marie Curie Avenue.
When he tried to chase after the men after his money was taken, he was fatally shot in the neck on nearby Assisian Crescent by Watson.
Kyle Sanders, 21, of Charles Best Green, Bootle, was sentenced to 21 years for manslaughter, conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to possess a prohibited firearm and conspiracy to possess ammunition.
- Joseph McKeever, 29, of Howard Florey Avenue, in Bootle, was sentenced to 10 years for conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to possess a prohibited firearm and conspiracy to possess ammunition.
- Dale Avery, 25, of Marie Curie Avenue, in Netherton, was sentenced to 11-and-a-half years for conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to possess a prohibited firearm and to possess ammunition.
Emma Kirby, 21, of Marie Curie Avenue, was also sentenced to 20 months in prison suspended for 18 months for assisting an offender after she disposed of evidence, a bike belonging to Dale Avery following the murder.
Senior Investigating Officer, Ian Warlow said: “Miguel Reynolds was a young man, days away from his 22nd birthday, when his life was taken from him in a callous and violent way.
“He was lured to Netherton under false pretences by the defendants, and it is right and just
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that they have been sentenced to a significant time in prison for their actions.
“This has been a protracted and thorough investigation and I would like to thank the Crown Prosecution Service, prosecuting Counsel and the investigation team for all their hard work.
“I would also like to commend Miguel’s family and friends for the courage they have shown throughout this long and complicated trial.
“Although the pain of losing Miguel is still raw, I hope this sentencing brings them a sense of closure to know that justice has been done for a young man who is greatly missed and loved.
“Those involved in serious and organised crime bring misery to our communities and Merseyside Police will continue to pursue these criminals and put them before the courts.”