A Birmingham gangster who was caged over a series of shootings has had his sentence slashed after senior judges ruled he was not dangerous.
Reial Phillips, who was part of the “Armed Response Gang” ? an offshoot of the Burger Bar Boys ? was jailed for his part in a gangland turf war which saw six people shot.
He was originally jailed for 27 years in a court case which uncovered sickening videos where he and fellow gang members boasted about shooting people and mocked rivals the Johnson Crew.
However, an Appeal Court judge has cut his sentence to 20 years, saying it went “altogether too far”.
Lord Justice Davis ruled the original sentence on Phillips, aged 21, of Musgrave Road, Winson Green, was “a quite enormous period of time in custody” for a young man.
Unlike under his original sentence, he will now qualify for automatic release 10 years into the new jail term.
“That of course still remains a very, very, long sentence for a relatively young man to face,” the appeal judge said.
“But this very serious criminality in the context of gangland activities calls for a very long sentence.”
Under his previous sentence, Phillips would have served a minimum of 16-and-a-half years behind bars.
Ishmail Ezekiel Lee, 28, of Leicester Street, Wolverhampton, also appealed against his sentence.
He was convicted for his part in the conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin and was caged for 14 years on October 18 last year.
But the judges rejected his appeal, ruling his punishment was ‘understandably severe’ and ‘not arguably excessive’.
Phillips had been jailed in October over gangland shootings in 2015 as part of a ‘long-standing’ feud with the “Get Money Gang”.
A gun, which is yet to be found, was fired at least eight times and six people injured, some of whom had no links to any gang, London’s Appeal Court heard.
Phillips admitted conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life and having ammunition of the same kind as that used in the shootings.
He also admitted possessing a separate firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.
Phillips originally got nine years for the drug offences and an extended sentence for the gun crimes at Birmingham Crown Court on October 4 last year.
That was made up of 18 years in a young offenders’ institution, and five extra years on licence, after he was condemned as a dangerous offender.
The judge who jailed him said “crimes of this nature have to be stamped out and only the harshest of sentences are appropriate”.
Phillips took part in videos uploaded on to YouTube where he was seen doing his best “to ramp up the tensions between the gangs”.
His barrister, Andrew Hall QC, argued that the judge was wrong to call him “dangerous” and imposed far too tough a sentence given Phillips’ youth.
He had never been in custody before and had only one relatively minor previous conviction for a public order offence, the court heard.