Rhys Jones’s parents slam his killer for trying to get his sentence reduced – The Sun
THE parents of murdered schoolboy Rhys Jones have slammed their son’s killer for trying to get his sentence reduced.
Sean Mercer was 16 when jailed for life after shooting Rhys, 11, in 2007 at Croxteth, Liverpool.
Mercer, 29, is to appeal his 22-year minimum term — arguing he was a child himself when jailed.
But Rhys’s heartbroken dad Steve said: "We're not happy Mercer is doing this.
"He's got his sentence and he had a fair trial.
"He's just trying to get out as soon as he can, he should serve his full 22-year tariff.
"You read certain things that Mercer is a changed person, but like the others in his gang have proved, they've been in more trouble since Rhys was killed.
"I don't think he's changed."
If Mercer is deemed to have made “exceptional progress” and “matured” since his conviction, he could have time knocked off his sentence.
But last year it was reported that Mercer was the kingpin in a drugs gang within Frankland prison, County Durham.
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