A Birmingham man who kept pictures of himself carrying a sawn off shotgun on his mobile phone has been jailed for 26 years for attempted murder.
Jayden Copeland-Marks, whose nickname was ‘Murder’, was said to be “hell bent on trouble” when he turned up to an 18th birthday party without an invitation and blasted the host in the face with his firearm.
The 20-year-old, of Farnham Road, Handsworth, shot his victim, Ricardo Wright at point bank range as he acted as a peacemaker when Copeland-Marks’ cousin began rowing about a seat with another party-goer, Stefan Bucknor.
Mr Wright, a student, was left with horrific jaw injuries which required extensive surgery following the incident at a house in Handsworth on January 8.
Police found Copeland-Marks’s mobile phone at the scene. He went on the run, but was later arrested.
He was found guilty of attempted murder and wounding with intent following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
Passing sentence on Monday, His Honour Judge James Burbidge QC said although the crime was not gang-related, Copeland-Marks had an unhealthy interest in gangs and guns.
He said: “It is difficult to see what motive you had, why you had a loaded weapon in your possession and following that fired it at a person you didn’t know.
“One or two witnesses said they overheard you say you felt like “busting some shots”.
“It seems you might have had the use of the gun in your mind. You have an unhealthy interest in guns but this was not gang-related.
“Ricardo Wright was celebrating his 18th birthday amongst friends, there was a good atmosphere and no signs of trouble.
“It is trite to say his life has been changed by the events of his 18th birthday.
“He is a robust individual looking at things positively whenever he can and I commend him for that.”
Christopher Millington QC, defending, said Copeland-Marks had acted in the spur of the moment.
He said his immaturity had played a part in the shooting.
“There’s no real evidence this was a planned attack," said Mr Millington.
“He was a virtual stranger at this party and had no ill feeling towards anybody. He has shown genuine remorse.”
DI Andy Bannister, from West Midlands Police CID, said: “As soon as the defendant turned up, uninvited at the party, the atmosphere there changed.
“The offender entered the private party hell bent on trouble, carrying a sawn off shotgun, he discharged it at point blank range, for no good reason.
“We welcome the sentence handed out by the court.”
Family Liaison Officer, DC Moira Foulger said: “The events of January 8 were devastating and shocking.
“The family would like to thank his (Mr Wright’s) consultant and all the staff at QE Hospital and would also like to thanks all the witnesses who were brave enough to come forward to the police and prosecution team and give evidence.”
Copeland-Marks was handed 26 years detention for the attempted murder, and 14 years, to run concurrent, for wounding with intent.
He also received concurrent sentences after pleading guilty to for possession of an offensive weapon, eight years, and possession of a firearm without a certificate, four years.