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Gang Of Ten Teenagers Who Murdered 18-year-old Jailed For 124 Years

Gang Of Ten Teenagers Who Murdered 18-year-old Jailed For 124 Years
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Jack Woodley from Houghton le Spring, Sunderland, was an 18-year-old victim of a horrific crime. The teenager was "surrounded and isolated" by the gang who chased him before ending his life.

Jack was killed "for excitement and pleasure" in a random act of violence as the boy was on his way home from a Houghton Feast festival.

Gang Of Ten Teenagers Who Murdered 18-year-old Jailed For 124 Years

He begged his killers to let him live, telling them, "I just want to go home."

However, all was in vain, as the group of 10 kids, aged 15 to 17, went to kick, stab him, and eventually ended Jack's life.

All 10 of Jack's killers, now between 15 and 18, were convicted of murder and sentenced to life with minimum terms of between eight and 17 years.

Nine teen killers have already appealed their convictions.

Jack, from Sunderland, was killed last October 16.

Jack's mother, Zoe McGill, said, "We always used to call him our cheeky chappy, blue-eyed boy."

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The heartbroken mom described her son: "He used to light up any room he was in. He hated to be serious, he always wanted to make a joke. He was happy-go-lucky and very adventurous."

Prosecutors said the gang of teen killers were seeking "serious trouble that day" and had already tried to provoke Jake during the festival on that faithful day.

As they managed to isolate the teenager, the gang members made it seem "like zombies attacking an animal."

Gang Of Ten Teenagers Who Murdered 18-year-old Jailed For 124 Years

The fatal stab came from a 15-year-old who was convicted to 17 years in prison.

Others received between eight and 15 years of detention.

The total minimum sentence for all the defendants is 124 years and six months.

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Nine teen killers maintained they were not guilty, and one pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The four-month trial started in March 2022.

Gang Of Ten Teenagers Who Murdered 18-year-old Jailed For 124 Years

Upon sentencing, the judge told the teenage gang that the violence inflicted on Woodley, "though short-lived, was appalling," adding all of them "played a part in causing Jack's death."

Six out of ten gave evidence to the court, but no one" was prepared to tell the truth about what the others did."

Gang Of Ten Teenagers Who Murdered 18-year-old Jailed For 124 Years

Judge Jameson told them:

"You decided to put the interests of yourself and your co-defendants before those of Jack and his family. You did everything you could to deny them justice."

"I'm sure you do regret what happened for many reasons, but regret is not remorse."

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Gang Of Ten Teenagers Who Murdered 18-year-old Jailed For 124 Years

The judge turned to the boy whose stab killed young Jack:

"I have concluded that you intended to kill when you inflicted the second stab wound. I accept that intention may have been formed in the heat of the moment."

"It is, however, that sort of escalation that can occur when violence is carried out mob-handed and when armed with a deadly knife."

Gang Of Ten Teenagers Who Murdered 18-year-old Jailed For 124 Years

Jack is survived by his mother, father, stepfather, and siblings. His mom, Zoe, addressed the court, saying the whole family would be "forever haunted about how horrific Jack's injuries were."

She continued:

"This has ruined our family's lives, and life will never be the same again without Jack."

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"The devastation of losing Jack is immense and far-reaching. The trauma of reliving this whole incident over a long trial has had a devastating effect [on] us all. We cannot see a way of recovering from this."

Gang Of Ten Teenagers Who Murdered 18-year-old Jailed For 124 Years

She also had a message for teenagers:

"If you know someone has a knife, run, tell - don't involve yourself, don't be part of the violence because you will ruin your life and other people's lives too."

By all accounts, Jack had a promising future. He was kind to homeless people and animals and with good grades. He was supposed to start working two days before he was killed.

Gang Of Ten Teenagers Who Murdered 18-year-old Jailed For 124 Years

Among ten teens responsible for Jack's death, one has mental health issues, another has a learning disability, and three have lower IQs.

Their identities remain hidden to their ages.