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Ringleader of 'stomach-churning violence' sentenced to 17 years

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A Manitoba gang member has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for a pair of horrific attacks which saw his criminal rivals confined and tortured.

Leslie Moody took drastic actions in the summer of 2009 when he felt others were muscling in on his turf in the community of Nelson House, court was told.

In one case, the victim was shot in the leg and suffered such a gruesome injury that it eventually had to be amputated. He was also pinned down while attempts were made to cut off several fingers.

In the other case, the victim was beaten with several metal bars, cut all over his body with a knife and had a gun held to his head.

"These actions were a concerted, calculated exercise of deplorable, stomach-churning violence," Justice Gerald Chartier said today in handing down his sentencing decision.

The Crown had asked for a total of 18 years, while Moody was seeking just 10 years.

Moody has an extensive prior criminal background including a 2005 conviction where he held a man in his basement for two days, repeatedly beating and burning him.

Several others have already admitted to lesser roles in the two attacks and received sentences in the range of six years. But Moody was clearly the "ringleader," court was told.

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Updated on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 10:15 PM CDT: Corrects typo.

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