A Gold Coast career criminal has failed to convince an appeals court that his armed robbery sentence was too severe in light of the punishment given to his brother.
Jade Lacey argued his two-year jail term was excessive because his younger sibling, Dionne Lacey, got the same sentence despite being the one who brandished the gun during the robbery.
But judges ruled on Friday that Jade Lacey's sentence was fair.
The Laceys and two accomplices double-crossed three men during an April 2007 drug deal for 9kg of cannabis.
Dionne threatened them with a gun and one man suffered a bullet wound to the calf before the foursome fled with cannabis and property from the unit.
Jade Lacey's two-year sentence for the armed robbery is to be served on top of an 11-year jail term for crimes including drug possession, assault, unlawful wounding and torture.
As well as arguing his brother was the one with the gun, Jade Lacey contended Dionne had been trafficking drugs for five months longer and had a more serious criminal history, particularly because of a prior manslaughter conviction.
But Queensland's Court of Appeal upheld the sentencing court's original ruling, which took into account that Dionne Lacey was four years younger than his brother when the robbery took place.
"Jade and Dionne Lacey were right to receive effectively the same sentences," the Court of Appeal judgement read.Jade Lacey is eligible for parole on August 30, 2016.