Jamie McMahon murder: Northampton killer's sentence reduced

Michael Francis (left) and Mark Lewis (right) Image copyright Northamptonshire Police
Image caption Michael Francis (left) and Mark Lewis (right) killed Jamie McMahon during a robbery

A man who was jailed for life for kicking a snooker club worker to death in a churchyard robbery has had his sentence reduced by two years.

Michael Francis, who was 32 at the time, was jailed for minimum of 26 years for murdering Jamie McMahon.

Mr McMahon was attacked in the early hours in the grounds of St Giles Church, Northampton, after refusing to hand over his takeaway in October 2013.

An appeal hearing at Birmingham Crown Court deemed Francis' term "too high".

He was found guilty of murder and robbery.

Image copyright Northamptonshire Police
Image caption The family of Jamie McMahon said they were "devastated" by his death

Mark Lewis, 20, who lived in Clickers Drive, Northampton, admitted the same charges and was sentenced to a minimum jail term of 20 years and eight months.

Mr McMahon was a barman at Coopers Snooker Club.

He had been kicked and stamped on and died of head injuries, Northamptonshire Police said.

Image caption Mr McMahon died from head injuries sustained in the attack outside St Giles Church

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