Mechanic who shot housewife in planned attack guilty of attempted murder

|News, Violent crime

A mechanic who broke into a Solihull home wearing a mask and shot a mother of two has been given a 33-year prison sentence.

Martynas Okmanas, of Studfall Avenue, Corby, was convicted of attempted murder, possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition at Birmingham Crown Court.

He was sentenced yesterday (4 September) at the same court.

Okmanas, 28, broke into the house on Dovehouse Lane, Solihull, on December 18 last year and shot the mother of twins in the shoulder and hand. His gun jammed before he could continue firing which enabled the victim to flee from the attack.

Okmanas drove from Northampton to Solihull to kill the victim. The motive behind the attack remains unknown.

At the hearing at Birmingham Crown Court, Okmanas was found guilty of all three counts against him.

He received a 28 year prison sentence with an extended licence of five years making 33 years in total. He also received seven years for possession of a firearm and seven years for possession of ammunition to be served at the same time as the 28-year-sentence.

Jason Corden-Bowen, from the CPS, said: “This was a planned and organised attack.

"Martynas Okmanas drove quite some distance with the sole intention of carrying out this shooting.

“Okmanas denied being the gunman but we were able to show from CCTV evidence, records of the vehicle he used and from his mobile phone that he had travelled to Solihull to kill the victim.

“He invaded her home and shot her causing her considerable physical and psychological harm and our thoughts are with her at this time.

“The CPS and our partners in the criminal justice system are working together to identify, arrest and robustly prosecute individuals who are intent on carrying and using illegal firearms in this city.”

Notes to editors

  • Martynas Okmanas (DOB: 05/09/1990) denied three counts and was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court on 4 September
  • Jason Corden-Bowen is a District Crown Prosecutor for CPS West Midlands.

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