Man sentenced in cold-case slaying of girl, 8

One of two men convicted in the 1993 shooting death of an 8-year-old Grand Rapids girl will spend 23-50 years in prison.
AP Wire
Dec 20, 2011


Robert Brown, 37, was sentenced Monday in Kent County Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty in April to second-degree murder in Lativia Johnson’s slaying.

Brown apologized Monday to Lativia’s family.

Brown and Robert Gaines were accused of firing a gun into Lativia’s home. The girl was struck in the head as she went to get a cup of milk. The shooting was in revenge for an earlier robbery and assault.

A jury found Gaines guilty Friday of second-degree murder. He is to be sentenced next month.

Gaines and Brown were arrested earlier this year outside of Michigan.


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