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Connor Smith shooting: Two jailed after teen killed in cannabis row

Leon Frye and Philip Baillie Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Leon Frye and Philip Baillie will serve lengthy prison sentences after being found guilty of killing Connor Smith

Two men have been jailed after a teenager in Birmingham was shot dead in a row over a £50 bag of cannabis.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court found Leon Frye guilty of murdering Connor Smith, 19, and Philip Baillie guilty of manslaughter.

They clashed with Connor and his friends in an alleyway in the Hawkesley area of the city in October last year, West Midlands Police said.

Connor, who police said stabbed Frye twice in the row, died at the scene.

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Image caption Connor Smith died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, a post-mortem examination revealed

Frye, 28, of Rodney Close, Birmingham, who was also found guilty of two counts of possession of a firearm and robbery, must serve a minimum of 30 years.

Baillie, 28, of Forde Way Gardens, Birmingham, who was also convicted of robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm, was handed a 20-year sentence.

A third man, Marcus Jones, 27, of Gildas Avenue, Birmingham, was earlier found not guilty of all charges.

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Media captionConnor Smith: Shot teen's dad wants guns off street

Paul Smith, Connor's father, called for greater efforts to take guns off the streets.

"I don't think anyone should be carrying a gun in the UK," he said.

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