A man is set to spend the next two decades of his life and more behind bars following him being found guilty of being in possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, following an incident in Borehamwood.
Following being found guilty of the charge last October, though not being found guilty of the charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, Sean Price, 24, of Rushmere Road was sentenced to 21 years imprisonment on Friday, January 21st at Croydon Crown Court, with several other sentences for the charges of cocaine possession, firearm possession and possession of an offensive weapon (a flick knife) to run concurrently.
He was also declared a “dangerous offender” under Chapter 5 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, which added an extra four years to his sentence, bringing it to a total of 25 years in prison.
Price was charged following investigations into an incident on Cranes Way, Borehamwood that took place on the evening of August 2020, where armed police attended a report of a person being found with a gunshot wound.
Upon arrival, a 16-year-old boy was discovered having been shot in the neck. The injuries caused by this have left the boy permanently paralysed from the waist down and with limited movement from the neck down, following ten months of intensive treatment in hospital.
After an investigation conducted by the combined major crime unit of three separate police forces, Price was arrested later that month.
Detective Inspector Mark Butler, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, who led the investigation, said: “Unlawful possession of a firearm will always be treated very seriously, given the danger to the public, particularly so when firearms are discharged in a public place. In this very serious case, the young victim was seriously injured, having been shot in the neck.
“Unlawful possession and discharge of firearms will not be tolerated and we will do all we can to investigate any incident like this and bring offenders to justice. The sentence imposed highlights that the court recognised the seriousness of the offending.
“I would like to thank everyone who supported this investigation as the outcome came following a lot of hard work and tenacity from all the individuals involved, including key contributions from partner agencies.”
Two other people connected with the incident received sentences the day before, with Joe Grange, 20, of no fixed abode, received a total of 5 years and 4 months for six separate charges, while Courtney Leeds, 19, of Beethoven Road, Elstree received a 12-month suspended sentence and an order to do 100 hours of unpaid work.