Man pleads guilty to fatal shooting of 6-year-old girl in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to charges in the death of a sleeping 6-year-old girl shot in a Cleveland home during a slumber party.

Raysean Howard Jr. pleaded guilty in a Cleveland courtroom Tuesday to murder, attempted murder and felonious assault. A judge sentenced him to life in prison with parole eligibility in 23 years.

Raysean Howard (left), Lyric-Melodi Lawson (right)

Howard turned and apologized to the family of Lyric-Melodi Lawson before sentencing. Lawson was killed in September 2019.

Authorities have said the bullet that struck Lawson in the head was meant for someone else living in the home.

One of Howard’s attorneys called the case “a tragedy all around.”

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