Abilene man gets 30 years for drive-by that killed child

04/23/2008

Associated Press

A man involved in a drive-by shooting that killed a 4-year-old girl was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Islam Gonzales, 18, was sentenced after pleading guilty Tuesday to murder in the death last year of Janie De La Paz, Taylor County District Attorney James Eidson said. The sentence was part of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors just before his trial was to begin; he faced a maximum life prison term if he had been convicted by jurors.

After the shooting, Gonzales confessed that he and two others had gone to the house to get the attention of two men who lived there, according to a police affidavit. Janie was found dead at the foot of her mother's bed with a gunshot wound to her face.

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