More than 39 years in prison for trio who killed Stevie Pentelow
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The trio convicted of manslaughter and conspiracy to rob in connection with the death of 44-year-old Stevie Pentelow have been sentenced to more than 39 years in prison between them.
At the beginning of March, Sifean Ghilani, 20, previously of Winstanley Road, Wellingborough, Tristan Patel, 19, previously of Newcomen Road, Wellingborough, and Levar Thomas, 21, previously of Knox Road, Wellingborough, were all found guilty of manslaughter and with conspiracy to rob Stevie.
On June 21, 2019, Ghilani was driven by Thomas to Hardwick Road alongside Patel. All three were primed to rob Stevie of drugs but the plan went wrong and Ghilani ended up stabbing Stevie in the heart.
Stevie was rushed to hospital but despite the best efforts of paramedics and doctors, he died in the early hours of June 22, 2019. A post-mortem examination carried out at Leicester Royal Infirmary found he died as a result of a stab wound.
The three men made off in their car within seconds of Ghilani stabbing Stevie, before all of them were arrested a short time later.
Yesterday (Thursday, April 23) at Northampton Crown Court via live link, Ghilani was sentenced to 14 years and six months in prison, Thomas to 13 years and three months in prison and Patel to 11 years and eight months in prison. Thomas and Ghilani's sentences also include two years for drugs supply offences in South Wales where they were running a County Line.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Joe Banfield, said: “I am pleased with the sentences handed out to this trio yesterday though of course, no sentence will ever make up for the loss of a life.
“No one is making excuses for Stevie’s lifestyle or how he chose to make his money but he absolutely did not deserve to die and my thoughts are with his family as they continue to grieve his death.
“Stevie would still be alive today if two men had chosen not to carry a knife that fateful day in June and I really hope this case demonstrates the true consequences of choosing to arm yourself – a man in his 40s is dead and three young men are now in prison for a total of more than 39 years.
“Finally, I would like to again thank my team of Major Crime detectives and the East Midlands Special Operations Unit who worked tirelessly on this case.”