Five sentenced following murder of Miguel Reynolds in 2018
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We have today, Tuesday 4th May, welcomed the sentencing of five people following the murder of Miguel Reynolds in Netherton in 2018.
At around 8pm on Thursday, 7 June 2018, officers were called to Assisian Crescent following reports a man had been shot.
Emergency services attended and 21-year-old Miguel was found with a gunshot wound to his neck.
He was taken to hospital where he sadly died a short time later.
Miguel, who was originally from Manchester, had gone to Netherton that evening believing he was going to buy a car.
In actual fact there was a plot to rob Miguel at gunpoint on his arrival at lockup garages on Marie Curie Avenue. Miguel gave chase after his money was taken, and was fatally shot.
Detectives launched an extensive investigation and subsequently charged a number of people.
Left to right: Liam Watson, Kyle Sanders, Joseph McKeever and Dale Avery.
Following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court, the below offenders have been sentenced:
Liam Watson, 31, of Litherland Park, has been sentenced to life in prison, to serve a minimum of 30 years, for murder, conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to possess a prohibited firearm and conspiracy to possess ammunition
Kyle Sanders, 21, of Charles Best Green, has beensentenced to 21 years in prison for manslaughter, conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to possess a prohibited firearm and conspiracy to possess ammunition Joseph McKeever, 29, of Howard Florey Avenue, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to possess a prohibited firearm and conspiracy to possess ammunition
Dale Avery, 25, of Marie Curie Avenue, Netherton hase been sentenced to 11-and-a-half years in prison for conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to possess a prohibited firearm and conspiracy to possess ammunition
The fifth offender, Emma Kirby, 21, of Marie Curie Avenue, has been sentenced to 20 in prison suspended for 18 months for assisting an offender after she disposed of evidence, a bike belonging to Dale Avery following the murder.
Speaking after the sentencing, the Senior Investigating Officer, Ian Warlow said: “Miguel Reynolds was a young man, days away from his 22nd birthday, when his life was taken from him in a callous and violent way.
"He was lured to Netherton under false pretences by the defendants, and it is right and just that they have been sentenced to a significant time in prison for their actions.
“This has been a protracted and thorough investigation and I would like to thank the Crown Prosecution Service, prosecuting Counsel and the investigation team for all their hard work.
"I would also like to commend Miguel’s family and friends for the courage they have shown throughout this long and complicated trial.
"Although the pain of losing Miguel is still raw, I hope today’s sentencing brings them a sense of closure to know that justice has been done for a young man who is greatly missed and loved.
"Those involved in serious and organised crime bring misery to our communities and Merseyside Police will continue to pursue these criminals and put them before the courts."