How talented Patea brothers ended up in jail for murder

Once talented football players, two brothers had the world at their feet but ended up behind bars after the brutal murders of a young mother and small-time drug dealer.

Growing up on the Gold Coast, Lionel and Nelson Patea's Maori father Andrae just wanted his sons to 'strive for the stars' and 'give back to the community' . 

The siblings' hope of living their lives to the fullest has now been taken away with both locked up in Queensland prisons on opposite ends of the state. 

Growing up on the Gold Coast, Lionel (left) and Nelson Patea's Maori father Andrae just wanted his sons to 'strive for the stars'

Growing up on the Gold Coast, Lionel (left) and Nelson Patea's Maori father Andrae just wanted his sons to 'strive for the stars'

The former bikie enforcer bashed Ms Brown (pictured together) 24, to death with a fire hydrant cover as she lay trapped in her car - which he had rammed off the road

The former bikie enforcer bashed Ms Brown (pictured together) 24, to death with a fire hydrant cover as she lay trapped in her car - which he had rammed off the road

Nelson Patea (pictured) and Aaron Crawford both pleaded guilty to manslaughter Monday

Nelson Patea (pictured) and Aaron Crawford both pleaded guilty to manslaughter Monday

Lionel Patea, 25, admitted beating Gold Coast father-of-two Greg Dufty to death with a spanner and tyre iron in July 2015 over a $32,000 marijuana debt. 

Mere moments before smiling as he made the horrific admission in court, younger brother Nelson began laughing in the dock alongside him.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to eight years for his role in the killing.

Lionel will not be able to apply for parole until 2048 after receiving the 30 year jail time. 

The former bikie enforcer bashed Ms Brown (pictured) 24, to death with a fire hydrant cover as she lay trapped in her car - which he had rammed off the road

The former bikie enforcer bashed Ms Brown (pictured) 24, to death with a fire hydrant cover as she lay trapped in her car - which he had rammed off the road

Ms Brown (pictured: right) suffered 'non-survivable' brain injuries after being bludgeoned repeatedly by Patea (pictured: left)

Ms Brown (pictured: right) suffered 'non-survivable' brain injuries after being bludgeoned repeatedly by Patea (pictured: left)

He was already serving a life sentence for killing the mother of his young daughter, Tara Brown - ramming her car down an embankment and bludgeoning her with a fire hydrant in a frenzied rage.

Lionel was the better rugby league player than his brother Nelson during their early days in the New Zealand town of Whanganui before making the move to the Gold Coast, News.com.au reported. 

The Pateas' teenage years appeared no different from others living in a modest Arundel home with

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