Pair Jailed for Over 30 Years after Firearms Discharge, Leeds
Friday, 29 September, 2023
Two men have been jailed for more than 30 years after they were convicted of being involved in a firearms discharge in Leeds.
Kiefer Lee, 32, and Stephen Crawley, 30, were both given extended jail sentences totalling 17 years each at Leeds Crown Court yesterday (Thursday).
Both were jailed after they pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life in relation to the incident which occurred in Greenside, Pudsey on July 12 last year.
Officers attended the location after damage was reported to a window at a first-floor flat at around 11pm. The damage was found to be consistent with the discharge of a firearm. No injuries were reported.
Enquiries by West Yorkshire Police’s Firearms Prevent Investigation Team into the incident established that one of the offenders had fled the scene on a motorbike after firing a gun.
Lee, of Fairfield Hill, Leeds, was arrested in November after using the motorbike, which was on false registration plates, to travel to Blackpool.
Crawley, of Farrow Vale, Leeds, was linked to the investigation through CCTV and a telephone seized from him upon his arrest which contained call data showing his movements as travelling to and from the location of the discharge.
Both were later charged and remanded into custody.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Kevin Daly, said:
“The victim was impacted so much by the incident that they had to move home, such was their fear that the defendants would return.
“The actions of Crawley and Lee were reckless to say the least and I hope the victim can find some comfort in this outcome.
“I hope this demonstrates that the discharge of a firearm in a public place will not be tolerated, and that anyone found to be involved in such an incident is likely to face a significant jail term.”