Two men were sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of a 2-year-old girl last year.
A Wayne County jury convicted Raymone Jackson, 25, of first-degree murder in the death of KaMiya French of Inkster, Mich., who also went by KaMiya Gross, earlier this month. She was shot in the head at point-blank range on July 1, 2014, in front of her father.
In imposing the sentence, Wayne County Circuit Judge Ulysses Boykin called the crime “one of the most heinous crimes I have ever seen in my 45 years in the legal profession.”
During the sentencing hearing, Jackson apologized and repeatedly said, “None of this was supposed to happen.”
After hearing the victim impact statements from KaMiya’s mother and father, Jackson said, “I want to send out my deepest apologies.”
Police have said KaMiya was shot so her killing would be the last thing her father saw. During hearings last year, KaMiya’s father, Kenneth French, said, “The idea was to kill my baby to make me suffer before they killed me.”
French and a family friend, 13, also were shot.
On Tuesday, KaMiya’s mother, Erica Gross, said “You will never know how I feel.”
French called Jackson a “coward” and “punk” during his brief statement.
Jackson also was found guilty of torture, two counts of assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, felon in possession of a firearm and felony fireman.
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SOURCE: Detroit Free Press – Elisha Anderson