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Sentencing in shooting of Jasmine Sanders, 8

April 24, 2009 |  1:14 pm


Last July, 8-year-old Jasmine Sanders was playing with her brother outside a South Los Angeles apartment building when she was struck by a stray bullet and killed.

The stray bullet that struck Sanders' chest was fired by her cousin, who was 13-years-old at the time and was aiming at a man who was at the scene. Last April, the 14-year-old youth was convicted in Sanders' murder.

On Thursday, April 23, 2009, Sanders' cousin was sentenced to a youth correctional facility, the district attorney's office said in a statement.

Compton Juvenile Court Judge Charles R. Scarlett sentenced the teen to 50 years plus two life sentences for the first-degree murder of Sanders, the statement said. Deputy Dist. Atty. Ryan Dibble of the Compton Juvenile Office said the youth would be held for a minimum of at least seven years at a correction facility.

--Ruben Vives

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