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Declan Graves, 20, from Liverpool, has been sentenced to a minimum period of 20 years in prison after being found guilty of the murder of 16-year-old Michael Warham.

Michael died after being fatally stabbed in Shrewsbury in an altercation between two groups of males in August 2016. Police were called just before 10pm and arrived to find him with stab wounds to his chest, arm, and abdomen. He was admitted to hospital for emergency surgery, but died three days later.

Following the hearing at Stafford Crown Court, West Mercia Police Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jamieson said: “The tragic fact of this case is that a young man has had to pay the ultimate price for the actions of another individual.

“Graves made the choice to carry a knife on that day, and yet it was Michael who paid the ultimate price for this decision.

“I am thankful that justice has been served today and feel that the sentence handed out to Graves reflects the seriousness of his actions.

“This has been a challenging investigation, and I sincerely hope that today’s conviction is of some comfort to Michael’s family.”