Finally the threatened the home owners with a knife and a hot iron during the horrific raid in Halstead near Sevenoaks, Kent.
During sentencing Monday, Judge Charles Gratwicke described both men as “highly dangerous, ruthless professional criminals prepared to use serious violence” to further their aims.
Both men admitted aggravated burglary and causing grievous bodily harm with intent at an earlier hearing at Maidstone Crown Court.
They were also sentenced for a tit-for-tat drive-by shooting after they were found guilty of conspiracy to murder following an earlier trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Adams, formerly of Ilford, East London, and Wallace, of no fixed address, were both sentenced to life in prison, and must serve 12-and-a-half years before being considered for release.
Each defendant was given three life sentences, with a minimum jail term of 12-and-a-half years for conspiracy to murder, and seven-and-a-half years for both aggravated burglary and causing grievous bodily harm with intent. All sentences will be served concurrently.