A man who blasted a teenager with a shotgun on a forecourt, leaving 50 lead pellets embedded in his body, has been jailed for six years.
Nathan Marples, 25, of Wordsworth Avenue, Parson Cross, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday 6 December, for sentencing in relation to an incident at the Esso service station in Wordsworth Avenue in Sheffield on Friday 22 July.
At about 11.30pm that evening, the victim, a 19-year-old man, was at the service station when Marples approached him, firing a gun in his direction. The victim received pellet wounds to his arm and stomach as a result of the incident.
Marples was arrested shortly after and subsequently charged. He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Marples was sentenced to six years for grievous bodily harm and three years for the firearms offence, to run alongside each other. He was also made subject to a Criminal Behaviour Order.
Acting detective inspector John Yoxall, the investigating officer, said: “Marples knew the victim, who was fortunate enough not to suffer any serious injuries, and carried out a despicable, deliberate attack on him.
“South Yorkshire Police will actively pursue and seek out anyone illegally carrying or using a firearm. You will be arrested, and you will be brought to justice.
“Gun crime will not be tolerated across South Yorkshire and through intelligence led operations we have already apprehended a number of people found to have been in possession of a firearm.
“If you have concerns, or information about anyone thought to be in possession of a firearm, call us or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”