Moss Side gang member's murder sentence reduced

Lee Amos
Image caption Lee Amos had his sentence reduced to 32 years

A Manchester gangster who was jailed for murder has had his sentence cut.

Lee Amos, 34, was convicted, along with four other members of Moss Side's Gooch Gang, of killing Tyrone Gilbert, 23, at a wake in July 2007.

A judge at Liverpool Crown Court ruled he should serve at least 35 years for murder and attempted murder.

At the Appeal Court in London, Amos failed to get his conviction overturned but judges cut his minimum tariff from 35 years to 32.

Lord Justice Pitchford, sitting with Mr Justice Owen and Judge Andrew Gilbart QC, said his tariff was "excessive".

During his original trial, Judge Justice Brian Langstaff told the court the Gooch Gang treated Manchester "like the Wild West".

Amos was convicted of shooting Mr Gilbert at the wake for Ucal Chin, 24, in Frobisher Close, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester.

Image caption Tyrone Gilbert was shot in July 2007

Mr Chin was killed by gang leader Colin Joyce six weeks earlier.

Joyce was jailed for life for two counts of murder, one of attempted murder and one of possessing firearms with intent to endanger life.

He was ordered to serve a minimum of 39 years.

Three other senior members of the gang were also convicted of Mr Gilbert's murder.

Aeeron Campbell, 25, was told he must serve a minimum of 32 years.

Narada Williams, 27, and his brother Ricardo, 26, were given 35 years and 34 years respectively.

Six other men, described as foot soldiers in the organisation, were given sentences of between five-and-a-half and 13 years.

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