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Killers get 33 years for drive-by murder

Photo: West Midlands Police

Two men have each been jailed for life after a father of four was mistakenly shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Birmingham.

Father-of-four Mekel Sterling was caught in what police described as a 'hail of bullets' while stood outside shops in Great Hampton Row in September 2017.

Mekel Sterling was gunned down while standing outside shops in Birmingham. Credit: Police handout

His attackers, Kayne Robinson and Darielle Williams, drove slowly along the road in a Volkswagen Golf and opened fire with a Mac-11 sub machine gun, before speeding off. The shooting was was retaliation for another gang-related gun attack the previous day, but Mr Sterling, 33, was an innocent bystander.

The murder weapon, capable of firing 20 rounds a second, has never been recovered.

Driving the car, Robinson, 24, of Roseberry Street, Springhill, Birmingham, and gunman Williams, 23, of Attingham Drive, Dudley, were convicted of murder, following a six-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Both were sentenced to life with a minimum term of 33 years.

In a statement after sentencing, Mr Sterling's family said:

Although the outcome of today will not bring Mekel back, justice has finally been served. An innocent man had a precious life cut short by the act of these dangerous individuals. Our family and friends have lost the most amazing person you could have ever met.

– Family of Mekel Sterling.

Two other men, Devonte May, 24, of Handsworth, and 19-year-old Geary Barnett, of Winson Green, both Birmingham, admitted assisting an offender, and were jailed for three and two-and-a-half years respectively.