Life in prison for killers of Lincoln pensioner Sonny Grey
The two men found guilty of murdering Lincoln pensioner Sonny Grey have been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Rocky Curtis,25, of Newbridge Lane, Wisbech will serve a minimum of 28 years.
Robert Holmes, 24, of Redmoor Lane, Wisbech will serve a minimum of 26.
Sonny Grey, 70, died on October 31, 2011, in City Hospital, Nottingham.
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He was attacked two days earlier in his home in Westwick Gardens.
He suffered 46 injuries and was tortured with a kettle of boiling water.
Curtis's older brother Tom, now deceased, was also arrested in connection with the murder.
When handing down the sentence the Honourable Mr Justice Saunders said that the likely ring leader of the attack was Tom Curtis and he took that into account when deciding Curtis and Holmes sentence.
Mr Saunders said: "On the evidence that was presented to the jury, Tom Curtis was the third person involved. He is dead. He has had no opportunity to defend himself and I make no finding against him, but in sentencing these defendants I shall assume because of his age and criminal record that Tom Curtis was the leader. The two defendants that I have to sentence I will treat as willing helpers. There is only one sentence that I can pass on each defendant and that is one of life imprisonment."
Detective Super Intendant Stuart Morrison from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime team said: "This is a severe sentence but I think it reflects the brutality and mercilessness of the attack."
When leaving the courtroom Holmes's common law wife Stephanie Lawrence shouted: "They have caught the wrong people. That's what they've done."