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Australia 'Godmother' Judy Moran sentenced to 26 years

Judy Moran pictured in 2004
Image caption Judy Moran, 66, is one of Australia's most high-profile gangland celebrities

Matriarch of Australia's underworld, Judy Moran, has been sentenced to 26 years in jail for the murder of her brother-in-law.

The 66-year-old was convicted in March for her role in killing Des "Tuppence" Moran, who was shot dead in a Melbourne cafe in June 2009.

Moran has previously lost two husbands and two sons to gangland killings.

Moran is one of Australia's most infamous gangland figures, and her trial attracted worldwide attention.

'Deliberate and brutal'

Correspondents say Moran, who is in poor health, appeared shocked by the sentencing and shouted out her innocence.

Sentencing judge Lex Lasry said Moran's crime was "appalling".

"This was a deliberate and brutal killing. There is of course no sign of remorse on your part," he said.

Geoffrey "Nutts" Armour, the man Moran paid to carry out the killing, was also sentenced to 26 years.

A second gunman, Michael Farrugia, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was jailed in December for four years.

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