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Four sentenced for South Yorkshire drive-by gangland killing

|News, Violent crime

Two men and two teenage boys have been sentenced today (29 October) at Sheffield Crown Court for their parts in the drive-by shooting of a rival gang member in South Yorkshire.

Jack Parkes (21) was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 27 years for murder. 

Taylor Meanley (17) was sentenced to life detention with a minimum of 27 years for murder.

Joe Anderton (18) was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 12 years for manslaughter.

Arlind Nika (16) was sentenced to 12 years’ detention for manslaughter.

All four defendants were also given concurrent sentences for firearms offences.

The Judge lifted a reporting restriction banning the naming of Meanley and Nika.

Lewis Williams (20) was killed in a drive-by shooting in Mexborough on 11 January 2021. He was shot at close range, suffered catastrophic injuries to his head and neck, and died at the scene. 

The court heard that he had been targeted due to his links with a gang known as the 'Pittsmoor Shotta Boys.'

After a six week trial, Jack Parkes and Taylor Meanley were found guilty of murder. Joe Anderton and Arlind Nika were found guilty of manslaughter. All four defendants were also found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

The court heard that on 11 January, the four defendants toured the area in a blue Jaguar, looking for rival gang member Lewis Williams. In the car was a loaded firearm. As the car drove past a small group of people on Wath Road, a shot was fired from the front passenger seat of the Jaguar, killing Lewis Williams in what was described by the prosecution as a ‘planned execution’.

The car was later found burned out in Bolton upon Dearne.

Claire MacDonald from the CPS said: "This was a calculated and cold-blooded drive-by gangland shooting which took place at rush hour on Wath Road.

"The prosecution team worked relentlessly to gather evidence to bring those responsible for the killing of Lewis Williams to justice. 

"In his evidence during the trial the 17 year old admitted pointing the weapon, but claimed that he only meant to scare the victim and thought the gun wouldn’t go off. 

“The jury clearly saw that this was a lie, and he together with Jack Parkes, are now serving sentences for murder, whilst the other two occupants of the vehicle have been sentenced for manslaughter.

"All four defendants are now beginning extremely long prison sentences . We hope this will bring some comfort to the family of Lewis Williams."

Notes to editors

  • Claire MacDonald is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.
  • Counts and sentences ( all concurrent):

Taylor Meanley (11/07/2004)

  • Murder: life detention - minimum term 27 year
  • Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life: 13 years detention
  • Assault occasioning actual bodily harm: no separate penalty
  • Criminal damage: no separate penalty

Jack Parkes ( 9/7/2000)

  • Murder : life imprisonment: minimum term 27 year
  • Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life: 18 years imprisonment
  • Criminal damage: no separate penalty

Arlind Nika (01/05/2005)

  • Manslaughter (convicted as an alternative to murder): 12 years’ detention
  • Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life: 12 years’ detention
  • Criminal damage: no separate  penalty

Joe Paul Anderton 11/8/2003

  • Manslaughter (convicted as an alternative to murder): 12 years’ detention
  • Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life; 12 years’ detention
  • Assault occasioning actual bodily harm: No separate penalty

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