The robberies left the victims, a man aged 43 from Harrogate who was left with life changing injuries and two 19-year-old men from York, also needing hospital treatment for their injuries.
Five men from York have now been sentenced to a total of more than 25 years in prison for their part in two robberies in the city.
They took place in early August 2012, near to Scarborough Bridge on the River Ouse.
Ashley Horsewood, 21, received a sentence of six years eight months, Gavin Freed, 23, was given six years, Josh Cammidge, 18, was imprisoned for five years three months, Nathan Lacey,19, was sentenced to three years six months, and John Collier, 25, received four years six months.
Detective Constable Beverley Hodgson, of York CID, received a judge’s commendation for her investigation into the robberies.
DC Hodgson said:
I am very pleased with the sentences handed down by the court. They show how seriously violent offences are viewed by everyone in the criminal justice system.
The levels of violence used by this gang were gratuitous and utterly abhorrent, which have had lasting effects on the victims. I hope that the sentences bring them some comfort from the knowledge that the offenders now have to face the consequences of their barbaric actions.
Violence of any kind is not something we will tolerate and officers will use every power at their disposal to bring those responsible to justice.