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Last Updated: Friday, 30 July, 2004, 15:11 GMT 16:11 UK
Life in jail for drive-by killers
Afro-Caribbean Club Sign
Gerald Smith was shot outside the club
Nine people have each been sentenced to life in prison for a drive-by shooting.

Gerald Smith, 42, was gunned down in December 2002 as he left the Afro-Caribbean Club in Spital Hill, Sheffield.

The Jamaican left behind a widow and four young children. All nine of the suspects denied the killing.

Sentencing the men, all from the Nottingham area, Mr Justice Wakerley recommended they each serve a minimum of between 20 and 23 years.

Criminal gang

After the sentencing at Sheffield Crown Court, Det Supt Steve Talbot who led the investigation said in this case the law had bitten back.

He said: "I am pleased with the result and pleased for the family of Mr Smith. I am also pleased justice has been done.

"Some young people in society form criminal gangs and think they are untouchable. They rely on the fact they can intimidate people.

"This case shows they cannot get away with that and in this case the law has bitten back."

The nine were found guilty at an earlier hearing.

Ezra Taylor, 26, and Leon Bryan, 21, were jailed for 23 years.

Christopher McKenzie and Dean Pinnock, both 20, were given jail terms of 20 years and Roger Gordon, 28, got 21 years.

Craig Brooks, 26, Richard Powell, 26, Gareth Lindsey, 20, and Gordon McPherson, 26, were sentenced to 22 years.

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