Justice Martin on Wednesday sentenced Dionne to 10 years' imprisonment and Jade to five years.
Justice Martin also directed that a serious violent offending order be placed on Dionne Lacey, meaning he will have to serve 80 per cent of his sentence before parole.
Jade will be eligible for parole after serving 50 per cent of his sentence. Justice Martin said he had taken into account the two years in custody already served by both brothers.
During the sentencing, Justice Martin said a deterrent was needed for the increasing number of people carrying firearms in Queensland and Australia.
I think Justice Martin has a different definition of what constitutes a deterrent than his counterparts in, say, Houston or Dallas. What do you think? These two gangsta wannabes pulled out guns at a party, one of them shot the guy in the legs and the other immediately shot him in the chest. It seems like a pretty light sentence to me. What's your opinion?
There's a brief attempt to explain how this violence happens to exist in Australia.
The Lacey brothers' defence lawyers argued that the two brothers had grown up with good aspirations until Jade went to America for a year when he was 18 to make rap music.
They said this introduced him to the "stupid concept'' of people carrying guns and led the pair astray.
Do you think there's something to that or is it just a slur on the U.S.? It brings up an interesting question, though; does the rap-music type gun violence have anything to do with the law abiding gun owners of America? Do you think all the championing of guns and gun culture that took place last week in Phoenix, for example, feeds into the fringe groups that also like guns, the white supremacists, the black rappers, etc.?
What's your opinion? Isn't the vastly lower rate of gun violence in Australia a direct result of the gun control laws there? Doesn't that also furnish evidence that fewer guns means fewer gun deaths?
What about the 2nd Amendment in countries where they don't have it written into their Constitution? Isn't the "right" supposed to be god-given, something that transcends the written word of the national documents? How does that work in places like Australia?
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