Two thugs who planned to kidnap and murder soul singer Joss Stone are behind bars after they were convicted of the sinister plot on Wednesday (03Apr13).
Junior Bradshaw, 32, and Kevin Liverpool, 35, intended to snatch the You Had Me hitmaker from her remote countryside mansion, steal her estimated $16 million (£10 million) fortune, and then cut her head off and dump her corpse in a river.
The evil plot was foiled when neighbours in the village where Stone lives called police after spotting the pair acting suspiciously in a car.
Bradshaw and Liverpool had both denied the allegations, and Bradshaw told the trial at Exeter Crown Court in England he had never even heard of Stone before his arrest and had merely travelled to the village of Cullompton in Devon - 200 miles (322 kilometres) from the home he shared with Liverpool in Manchester, England - for "a day out".
A jury convicted both men of the heinous plot after hearing cops had found balaclavas, a knife, and a Samurai sword in the car when the men were arrested in June 2011. A search of their home later uncovered handwritten notes detailing the plan and naming Stone as their intended victim.
Liverpool was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday and was told he must serve a minimum of 10 years and eight months before being considered for parole. Bradshaw was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a later date pending psychiatric reports.
Judge Francis Gilbert, Qc, told the men he considers them both to be "dangerous", adding, "This may have been the crazy scheme of a crazy person... but it was a very real plan."
Following the case, Stone's mother Wendy Joseph said outside court, "Joss would like to thank everybody for their support and all of their good wishes. Joss and myself and indeed our whole family are relieved that the trial is now over and that these men are no longer in a position to cause harm to anyone."
Giving evidence during the case, Stone had told the court she was shocked when police told her of the kidnap plot and she has since bolstered security measures at her home.
Bradshaw and Liverpool were found guilty of conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to commit assault causing grievous bodily harm, and conspiracy to rob.