A man already serving life imprisonment for the murder of his best friend in Co Kildare last year has been sentenced to 12 years at the Central Criminal Court for firearmsoffences.
Darren Wynne, aged 21, of Ballyroe, Athy, Co Kildare, was convicted by a jury in July of murdering Jamie Lindsay, aged 20, at Coney Green, Coneyboro, Athy, on April 6, 2013, and is serving a life term.
The court heard that Mr Lindsay was shot in the right eye at almost point blank range at the Coneyboro Estate.
Wynne told gardaí that Mr Lindsay was threatening him over €1,000 for cannabis herb that had gone missing. He said he also threatened to rape his grandmother and burn his house down.
Wynne, who had no previous convictions, changed his plea from not guilty of murder to guilty of manslaughter during his trial. However, his trial continued when the court was told the plea was not acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Wynne was also convicted of possession of a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition with intent to endanger life on the same occasion.
Yesterday, Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan sentenced Wynne to 12 years for that offence.
Wynne had pleaded guilty to possession of a sawn-off shotgun and cartridges in suspicious circumstances and was sentenced to eight years for that offence.
Mr Justice Sheehan suspended the final two years of each sentence provided that Wynne complies with his sentence management programme and backdated them to April, 12, 2013, for time spent in custody. Both are to run concurrently with the life sentence. The judge took into account his young age at the time of the offence, his previous good character, and his co-operation with gardaí.
Two other men being tried for the murder alongside Wynne pleaded guilty to manslaughter during the trial.
Quentin Monaghan, aged 21, of Tullamoy, Stradbally, Co Laois, and James Seery, aged 21, of Canal Side, Athy, were sentence last July.
Mr Justice Sheehan sentenced Monaghan to eight years’ imprisonment with two suspended for the manslaughter.
The judge sentenced Seery to seven years’ imprisonment, with three suspended, for the killing.
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