Three men who murdered a sub-postmaster in Worcestershire have been jailed for life with a minimum of 34 years by a judge who branded them "parasitic criminals".
Christopher Morrissey, 32, his brother Declan Morrissey, 34, and Anselm Ribera, 34, murdered 29-year-old Craig Hodson-Walker during an attempted robbery at the post office he ran with his parents in Fairfield, near Bromsgrove.
The gang, all from Birmingham, also attempted to murder Mr Hodson-Walker's father Ken - shooting him in the leg in the January raid.
Ribera, of Topfield House, Druids Heath, was also sentenced to 21 years for attempted robbery of the post office, 21 years for possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life, and 34 years for attempted murder.
Christopher Morrissey, of Elmay Road, Sheldon, was handed the same sentences, as well as eight years for the robbery of the getaway car on New Year's Eve last year.
His brother Declan Morrissey, of Shirley Park Road, Shirley, Solihull, was also given the same sentences.
They were told all sentences would run concurrently with their life sentence.
Getaway driver Adrian Snape, of Camelot Way, Small Heath, who admitted attempted robbery, was cleared by the jury of all other charges. He was today jailed for eight years.
They were sentenced by Mr Justice Colman Treacy at Birmingham Crown Court.
As he sentenced the trio, the trial judge said he had been shocked at what he saw of their crime.
Mr Justice Colman Treacy said: "The crimes committed at Fairfield post office on the morning of January 9 were wicked and ruthless.
"Even after many years in law, I confess that on first seeing the CCTV of the murderous raid, I was shocked by what I saw.
"The effect of what the raiders did has been catastrophic to the Hodson-Walker family and his fiancee Lisa Bundy."
Mr Justice Treacy said he would order anyone considering the release of the three men to view the CCTV of the raid as part of their decision.
He said: "Parents have lost a 29-year-old son who, behaving with great courage, did no more than seek to protect the persons and business of his parents. Lisa Bundy has lost her life partner.
"Unlike the violent parasitic criminals that these three are, the Hodson-Walkers were a hard-working, respectable family providing a valuable service to their local community.
"They have had great and lasting grief brought into their lives."
The three murderers did not appear in court today, which the judge said was their own choice.
He added: "It comes as no surprise to this court. They have shown no remorse, no shame and no contrition throughout these proceedings.
"They appeared indifferent to the dreadful crime that they have committed and the consequences for their innocent victims.
"While such attitudes persist in three men who have led a life of crime, their prospects of release at any point in the future are slim.
"I regard each of them as a real danger to the public."
Speaking outside Birmingham Crown Court, mother Judy Hodson-Walker, 57, who attacked the raiders with a curtain pole on January 9, said: "I just feel that Craig has stopped the evil and that those evil people, or as I have always called them the dregs of the earth, will never ever hurt anyone again.
"We have got justice, thank goodness."
She said she was not surprised the three men had not come to court to hear their sentences. She said: "They are only ever brave if they have got masks on and are carrying a sledgehammer or a gun. They are what they are."
Mrs Hodson-Walker said she felt good had beaten evil and was pleased the men will be locked up but said she still plans to campaign for the return of hanging.
"I will be asking people if they can go to their MP to ask them to consider hanging so that ordinary people do not have to fear for their lives any more," she said. "They (the three murderers) have not shown remorse at all through the trial.
"It's the fact they have got no respect for life. Life is precious, life is important, and they obviously have not got loving families.
"I would bring back the chain gang or throw them in a hole and just chuck them a loaf of bread every so often.
"Prison is too good."
On Wednesday a jury found the three men guilty of murder, and the attempted murder of his father Ken Hodson-Walker, after a 10-week trial.
They were also convicted of attempted robbery and possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.
On the morning the gang struck, getaway driver Snape waited outside the post office in a stolen getaway car while Ribera and the Morrisseys stormed the shop.
Ribera was armed with an automatic pistol, which he cocked just seconds after entering, and the Morrisseys shared a sledgehammer.
They demanded cash and keys from Ken Hodson-Walker, 57, who was working behind the counter, but the safe - containing around £20,000 - was on a time lock and could not be opened before 9am.
Craig Hodson-Walker rushed to his father's aid with a cricket bat, wearing just his boxer shorts, but was shot dead.
The judge said the men had not stopped after shooting Craig Hodson-Walker, but also attacked his father, and continued trying to get into the till.
After the verdicts, the court heard all four men had a catalogue of previous convictions, and Ribera and the Morrissey brothers had all taken part in armed robberies on post offices before.
On Wednesday, Mrs Hodson-Walker and Craig's fiancee Lisa Bundy read moving Victim Impact Statements to the court.
Miss Bundy, 26, said: "Every day I feel lonely, I have now lost the one person I felt closest to and the one person I need to hold my hand and tell me everything would be ok. It has left a huge gaping hole in my life."