KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A teenage gang member is sentenced to life in prison for killing a 2-year-old girl in Kansas City, Kan., on April 3, 2007.
Wyandotte County Judge John McNally imposed the sentence on Thursday, even after noting that Daniel Perez Jr. did not intend to kill the girl when he fired five shots. McNally also referred to testimony that Perez prayed that his shotgun wouldn't find the wrong person.
But the gunfire found 2-year-old Yelena Guzman in the living room of her grandparents' home. Prosecutors said the shooting was an act of revenge directed at Yelena's uncle, who belonged to a rival gang.
Perez will be eligible for parole in 20 years.
Two other gang members face the same charges as Perez. One remains at large, and a retrial is expected to be scheduled for the second suspect. A fourth pleaded guilty.
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