THOMAS Cashman has launched a bid to cut his sentence for the murder of little Olivia Pratt-Korbel short.
Evil Cashman was jailed for life earlier this month and ordered to serve at least 42 years for gunning down the nine-year-old at her family home in Liverpool.
The youngster was tragically caught in the crossfire of a deadly gang war when Cashman tried to murder a fleeing rival.
The gangster was caged at Manchester Crown Court earlier this month but cowardly refused to attend the sentencing hearing in person.
And now the drug dealer is begging for less time for his horrendous crimes.
A Court of Appeal official told The Mirror: “We received an application for leave to appeal the claimant’s sentence yesterday.”
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No application has been made in relation to Cashman’s conviction for murder.
It means one appeal court judge will decide if Cashman should be given the opportunity to appeal.
If this is granted, the case will be heard by three judges sitting at the Court of Appeal Criminal Division.
However, it comes after The Sun revealed that the Attorney General's Office said it has received a request asking for the sentence to be considered too lenient.
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This means the office now has 28 days to consider it and could decide to refer it to the Court of Appeal. Judges there then could increase it.
A spokesman for the office told The Sun: "We have received a request for this sentence to be considered under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme.
"The Law Officers have 28 days from sentencing to consider the case and make a decision.”
It is understood several members of the public made complaints about the sentence.
Sources say they were hoping for a whole life term.
The horror unfolded on August 22 last year in a "pre-planned and ruthless attack" that "went horribly wrong".
The youngster had been stood behind her mum Cheryl Korbel when Cashman, 34, blindly fired through the front door in a botched gang hit.
His bullet missed intended hit Joseph Nee and instead passed through Cheryl's hand into the middle of Olivia's chest.
Only moments earlier, she had run terrified from her bedroom after hearing the commotion, screaming: "Mum, I'm scared".
Olivia's mum sobbed as the sentence was handed down while she clutched a pink teddy bear made from her daughter's pyjamas.
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