Man convicted in killing of 5-year-old girl gets 30 years

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Posted: Dec 08, 2016 5:30 PM
Man convicted in killing of 5-year-old girl gets 30 years

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A second man convicted in the fatal shooting of a 5-year-old girl as she sat on her grandfather's lap in Milwaukee has been sentenced to prison.

Arlis Gordon, 24, was sentenced Thursday to 30 years behind bars by Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Wagner, who told Gordon he has left the family of Laylah Petersen "with a legacy of sadness."

Gordon and Carl Barrett Jr., 21, were seeking revenge in another slaying when in November 2014 they mistakenly targeted the home where the girl's grandparents lived, authorities said. The house was sprayed with gunfire, as Laylah, her sister and grandparents sat in the living room. Laylah was struck and killed when bullets pierced the front picture window.

The two men thought they were shooting at the home of the girlfriend of a man acquitted of killing Gordon's stepbrother.

In an agreement with prosecutors, Gordon earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless homicide and three counts of second-degree endangering safety, party to the crime.

Barrett was sentenced to 65 years in prison last week after he was convicted by a jury in September of first-degree reckless homicide and first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

A man convicted of driving Gordon and Barrett to the house, Paul Farr, has been sentenced to five months in jail with the possibility of 10 years in prison if he violates the terms of his probation.