‘That’s my boy!’: Father tells drive-by murderer son who blasted enemy to death with shotgun he is ‘proud’ of his prison photo as 17-year-old is jailed for life

  • Taylor Meanley, 17, of Mexborough, South Yorks was sentenced to life for murder 
  • Lewis Williams, 20, was killed outside supermarket in Mexborough, Doncaster 
  • Taylor shared picture of himself in prison waiting for his final court trial this year 
  • His father, Mike, commented that he was ‘so proud’ of the teenage murderer 

The father of a teenage drive-by murderer who blasted his enemy with a shotgun has gushed with pride as he praised his son’s prison picture.  

Taylor Meanley, 17, of Mexborough, South Yorkshire, was sentenced to a minimum of 27 years behind bars for shooting rival gang member Lewis Williams in the neck during a drive-by killing earlier this year.

While waiting for to be sentenced, Meanley shared a picture of himself on Facebook with the caption: ‘Just a prison photo of me’. 

Writing on his son’s post, father Mike Meanley said he was ‘so proud’ of the murderer and told Taylor to ‘f*** them all’.

In others pictures shared on social media, Mike and Taylor can be seeing showing derogatory hand gestures while posing for photos together. 

While waiting for to be sentenced for murder 17-year-old Taylor Meanley shared this picture of himself on Facebook with the caption: ‘Just a prison photo of me’

Writing on his son’s post, father Mike Meanley gushed that he was ‘so proud’ of the murderer and told Taylor to ‘f*** them all’

In others pictures shared on social media, Mike and Taylor can be seeing showing derogatory hand gestures while posing for photos together

Taylor Meanley was sat in the passenger seat of a blue Jaguar when he fired the homemade shotgun that killed Lewis Williams in Mexborough on January 11, 2021.

Williams had been targeted because of his links to a Yorkshire-based gang known as the ‘Pitsmoor Shotta Boys’. 

Prosecutors described Meanley’s actions as he drove down Wath Road in Meanley, hunting  Mr Williams as a ‘planned execution’. The car was later found burned out in Bolton upon Dearne.

Although members of the public rushed to perform CPR on Williams, he ‘suffered catastrophic injuries’ to his neck and chest, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

At Sheffield Crown Court last month, Meanley was jailed for a minimum term of 27 years for the murder of Williams.

He will also serve a concurrent 13 year sentence for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. 

Mr Williams’ mother Sandra said the family were ‘totally broken’ without their son.

Lewis Williams, 20, was shot dead outside a Farmfoods supermarket in Mexborough, Doncaster earlier this year

Prosecutors described Meanley’s actions as he drove down Wath Road in Meanley, hunting Mr Williams as a ‘planned execution’. Above: Forensics teams at the scene of the fatal drive-by shooting in Mexborough, South Yorkshire

In a statement shared after Meanley’s sentencing, she said: ‘To lose a child is something no parent should have to go through – I feel lost and as if a part of me is missing. I don’t know how I’m ever going to be able to fix this.’  

Detective Chief Insp James Axe, of South Yorkshire Police, said: ‘I would like to offer my condolences to Lewis’ family and thank them for their continued support throughout these proceedings. 

‘I hope the sentences handed down by the judge today will help to provide them with some comfort.

‘The absolute reckless nature of events that played out on the 11th January 2021 not only endangered the life of Lewis, but also his associates and the broader public, going about their lawful business.’

Claire MacDonald from the CPS said: “This was a calculated and cold-blooded drive-by gangland shooting which took place at rush hour on Wath Road.

“The prosecution team worked relentlessly to gather evidence to bring those responsible for the killing of Lewis Williams to justice.

“In his evidence during the trial the 17 year old admitted pointing the weapon, but claimed that he only meant to scare the victim and thought the gun wouldn’t go off.

“All four defendants are now beginning extremely long prison sentences . We hope this will bring some comfort to the family of Lewis Williams.” 

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