The killers of non-league footballer Jordan Sinnott have been sentenced to a total of over 20 years in prison following his death in January.
Kai Denovan, 22, was found guilty of manslaughter, affray and common assault at a trial at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday and was sent down for 11 years at Friday’s sentencing.
Cameron Matthews, 21, had pleaded guilty to manslaughter at an earlier hearing for the attack on Sinnott, which left the former Matlock Town player with a fractured skull and brain damage, and was handed a sentence of eight years, three months.
Sean Nicholson, 22, also admitted to a charge of affray and was sentenced to 14 months behind bars.
Sinnott died from his injuries later in hospital after the incident on a night out, which was sparked by a row with Denovan in a pub in Retford, Nottingham.
The row is said to have started after Denovan approached Sinnott, 25, in The Vine pub, before commenting on his looks.
Denovan self-deprecatingly called Sinnott a “good-looking lad” who would have “no trouble pulling girls”, unlike himself who was “fat and ginger”.
Sinnott responded by saying: “Yes I can see that,” provoking Denovan to “fly into a rage” and lead the attack with his two friends.
After being struck twice by Denovan inside the pub, Sinnott was then hit two or three more times by Matthews outside.
Prosecutors accused Denovan of being “hell-bent on trouble”, while CCTV footage caught images of Matthews hitting Sinnott at the time of the attack around 2am on January 25.
The CCTV also captured footage of all three men plotting their assault on Sinnott in the moments leading to the fatal incident.
Detective Chief Inspector Rob Routledge said after the verdict: “”Jordan was a talented and loved young man who had many promising years ahead of him.
“Matthews’ and Denovan’s actions in the early hours of 25 January cruelly took that future away from Jordan and changed his family’s lives forever.
“Life will never be the same for Jordan’s family, but I hope they will get some comfort from justice being served.”
Sinnott had played for Huddersfield Town, Altrincham, Bury, Halifax Town and Chesterfield during his career, prior to signing for Matlock.