DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A 30-year-old man has been sentenced for his role in the shooting death of a 3-year-old Detroit girl early Easter morning.
Jonathan Burks was ordered Tuesday to spend 18 years to 40 years in prison for home invasion and another two years for using a firearm during a felony.
Anaiya Denise Montgomery and two men — ages 26 and 39 — were shot at around 2 a.m. on Easter Sunday, March 27 in a home on Detroit’s west side.
Police said gunmen burst into the house on Riverview Street, near Telegraph Road and McNichols, and opened fire. They stopped to reload, police said, and then shot some more, killing Anaiya and wounding two of her relatives.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner said Anaiya died of multiple gunshot wounds. The older man was critically injured.
Three other men were charged in the case, which police have said they believe was gang-related.
Diallo Davis, 23, was sentenced to nine years to 20 years in prison for assault with intent to murder; and 19-year-old Reginald Street faces a hearing this week.
Paul Kendall was charged with murder, but was found hanged in April in his jail cell. The county sheriff’s office has said it appeared the 24-year-old Ecorse man committed suicide.
An anti-violence rally was held a few days following Anaiya’s death headed by a local pastor calling for outrage at the violence and murder in primarily black Detroit communities.
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