Commenting on the sentencing of Carl Keatley and Jordan Carroll for the murder of Michael Eccles in Lichfield, Michael Fabricant (MP for Lichfield) says:-
"Life must mean life. I can well understand the distress of Michael’s family when the judge said that Carl Keatley must serve a minimum sentence of 13 years and Jordan Carroll, 11 years. If these ignorant and cowardly thugs walk free after the minimum sentences have been served, justice will not have been done.
"Both Keatley and Carroll, as well as others, must be made to understand that that society will not accept crimes of this nature. They have been given a life sentence as a punishment, to protect the public, and as a deterrent to others. Anything less than a life, will fail as a deterrent and will be unjust to the memory of Michael Eccles."