Man sentenced to 26 years to life in shooting that hurt woman, killed daughter

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The man accused of shooting a mother and daughter, killing the girl was sentenced to 26 years in prison Tuesday.

Geoffrey Gurkovich, 32, of Cleveland, pleaded guilty to one count of murder and two counts of felonious assault in the case.

Gurkovich was sentenced to 18 years to life for the murder charge. He was sentenced to four years each to both counts of felonious assault; those sentences will run consecutively.

He's accused of shooting into a car occupying Noni Brooks and her three children, ages 8, 5 and two months. Brooks' 5-year-old daughter, Jermani, was shot in the head and died.

It happened on Crossburn Avenue.

Brooks was also shot in the head and lost an eye. The other children were not injured.

Noni Brooks spoke and shared pictures of Jermani during the sentencing.

Gurkovich cried in court Tuesday while apologizing for his crimes. He said he didn't know anyone was in the SUV when he shot at the vehicle. He said he was trying to send a message to someone he thought was insulting his girlfriend.

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