Three men jailed for helping killers flee Bristol murder scene
THREE men convicted of driving two murderers away from a fatal shooting have been jailed for a total of 21 years.
Londoners Sean Youngsam, 26, Courtney Ellis, 28, and Tafari Adams, 29, were sentenced to seven years each today after being convicted of assisting the killers of Rico Gordon, who was shot dead in Stapleton Road, Easton, in the early hours of July 3, 2011.
They were found guilty by a unanimous jury verdict after a two-week trial at Bristol Crown Court.
Rico, who was 21, and from London but was planning to move to Bristol, where his girlfriend lived, was killed on Stapleton Road in the early hours of July 3 2011, after the St Paul's Carnival.
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Last August Shakah Anderson and Rickel Adams were convicted of his murder and are currently serving life sentences.
Anderson was jailed for a minimum of 32 years and Adams for a minimum of 35 - two of the longest life sentences ever passed at Bristol Crown Court.
Anderson, who lived in Easton before moving to London, was also found guilty of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life. Rickel Adams was found guilty of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and two charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to bystanders.
Avon and Somerset police said tonight that two firearms and 50 rounds of 9mm ammunition were recovered as a direct result of the investigation, which also involved Bedfordshire and Metropolitan Police, who uncovered more firearms as a result of spin-off investigations.
Detective Superintendent Sue Scott said: "This result demonstrates our commitment to tackling not only those who carry and use firearms but those who assist dangerous offenders and try to cover up their crimes.
"Rico was an innocent victim caught in the crossfire and it is pure luck that more deaths or injuries did not happen that night.
"I would like to thank Rico's family, whose support has been invaluable in helping to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion. I hope today's sentencing can offer them some comfort in knowing that these offenders are now behind bars following their tragic loss."