Man sentenced in drive-by shooting death of 6-year-old Lay'la Jones
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 02:30:00 GMT —
A man convicted of killing a 6-year-old Saginaw girl in a drive-by shooting has received the mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A Saginaw County Circuit Court jury found 23-year-old Levonne J. Greer guilty of first-degree murder in July in the Aug. 29, 2012, slaying of Lay'la Jones.
Before Judge Darnell Jackson sentenced Greer on Tuesday, the convict expressed "condolences to the victim's family" and said his "heart goes out to them."
Greer also says he'll be appealing and "getting home as soon as possible."
Prosecutors say Greer and three others went to Saginaw's northeast side to avenge the shooting death of a friend earlier in the day.
Defense lawyer Joseph Scorsone says Greer and another man didn't shoot until someone fired at their vehicle.
A man is expected to be sentenced to the mandatory term of life in prison without the possibility of parole in a 2012 drive-by shooting that killed a 6-year-old Saginaw girl.
A Saginaw County Circuit Jury on Tuesday convicted 23-year-old Levonne J. Greer of first-degree murder, conspiring to commit murder and a number of other charges in the slaying of Lay'la Jones.
A sentencing date wasn't immediately set. Several others are charged in the case.
Prosecutors say Greer and three others went to Saginaw's northeast side in August to avenge the shooting death of a friend earlier in the day.
Defense lawyer Joseph L. Scorsone says Greer and another man didn't begin shooting until someone fired at their vehicle.
Lay'la's father was wounded in the shooting.
Michael Lawrence is also wanted in the murder of Lay'la Jones and the murder of Lawrence's girlfriend Angelica Olivarez. Lawrence is still at large.