The father of a teenage murderer proudly commented "that’s my boy" on a photo the killer had posted to Facebook while he was being held on remand.
Taylor Meanley used an improvised firearm called a "slam gun" to kill 20-year-old Lewis Williams in a drive-by shooting in January.
A post-mortem examination found that Williams suffered horrific injuries to his face, neck and chest and died despite the best efforts of members of the public and medics.
Meanley was sentenced to life in prison yesterday, October 29, for the killing of the gang rival in the attack in Mexborough near Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
While Meanley was on remand in prison, the teenage murderer posted a photo of himself on Facebook with the caption: "Just a little prison photo of me."
The comments underneath were mostly supportive, reports YorkshireLive, and one was even posted by Meanley's father Mike Meanley.
Mike Meanley commented: "That’s my boy and I am so proud of you stay strong f*** them all."
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Meanley had armed himself with a slam gun on January 11 as tensions between his group and members of the Pitsmoor Shotta Boys came to a head.
Just 16 years old at the time of the offence, Meanley was a front-seat passenger in a Jaguar when he fired a shotgun cartridge at Lewis Williams. His accomplices recorded the horrific attack on a mobile phone and can be heard urging Meanley to fire the fatal shot.
Members of the public tried to save Lewis's life and performed CPR but he was pronounced dead at 5pm.
Meanley was jailed for life with a minimum term of 27 years for the murder.
He was also sentenced to 13 years for the firearms offence – a sentence that will run concurrently to the sentence for murder.
Judge Jeremy Richardson, the Recorder of Sheffield, told Meanley: "You led an aimless life with little hope for the future except indulging in crime.
"Had an adult done as you did, the starting point would have been 30 years.
"You had this gun for some time, you knew what you were doing. I regard you as a very dangerous individual."
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