TWO men who admitted the manslaughter of a South Yorkshire dad have been jailed for a total of 46 years.
Nathan Wingfield, aged 23, from Rotherham, was locked up for 25 years and 30-year-old Stephen Rodgers, from Thurnscoe, for 21 years at Sheffield Crown Court today.
The pair, both of no fixed address, admitted their involvement in the fatal shooting of Tyron Woodhead.
Mr Woodhead, 42, of Doncaster Road, Wath-upon-Dearne, was shot dead on the doorstep of his home on Thursday, September 20, last year and died from his injuries at the Northern General Hospital on Wednesday, October 24.
Wingfield and Rodgers admitted they were part of a three-man gang which planned to rob Mr Woodhead – but claimed they never knew their accomplice was armed with a gun.
The men went armed with an axe, a knife and a bayonet with the aim of stealing drugs and money from Mr Woodhead. A third man was arrested but never charged.
His Honour Judge Roger Keen QC said there had to be a deterrent element in the sentence as he jailed Wingfield for 20 years for manslaughter and five years for an unrelated earlier robbery and Rodgers for 21.
He added: “There is nothing I can do by way of my sentence to repair the damage, hurt and distress for which you are responsible.”
The Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick said: “This is a tragic case where a mother, son, brother and father have lost a loved one. This case shows exactly how criminal acts, particularly involving the use of violence, can go so very wrong.
“I would like to thank the Woodhead family and the local community for the strength and support that they have shown through this difficult and traumatic time.”