Lee Rigby's Killers Sentenced to Life

One of the men who murdered soldier Lee Rigby has been sentenced to a whole life term in jail.

Michael Adebolajo, who's 29, has been told he has no chance of parole.

22-year-old Michael Adebowale has been jailed for life with a minimum of 45 years.

They had to be restrained by guards in court and taken to their cells after shouting at the judge.

They were sentenced in their absence.

The judge said the pair's behaviour was "sickening and pitiless", and that Adebolajo had no hope of rehabilitation.

Three people were also arrested outside the Old Bailey today, as far-right protesters gathered, calling for the killers to be executed.

Lee Rigby's family have issued a statement, which said: "The Rigby family welcomes the whole life and significant sentences that have been passed down on Lee's killers.

"We feel that no other sentence would have been acceptable and we would like to thank the judge and the courts for handing down what we believe to be the right prison terms.

"We would also like to thank everyone who has supported us in the last nine months.

"It has brought us a lot of comfort and we feel satisfied that justice has been served for Lee. It just remains to be said: rest in peace Lee.

"We would now ask to be left to continue our grieving for him in private."

Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick said: "Today's sentence reflects the true horror of their actions in taking this young man's life in such a barbaric way.

"Our thoughts remain with Lee's loved ones, who have shown dignity and strength throughout the judicial process.

"I would like to thank everyone who assisted my officers at the time of the incident, during the investigation and in preparing for trial, including the national CT network, Security Service and intelligence agencies, Crown Prosecution Service and Counsel."

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