Two men sentenced to life in prison for shooting Kamiya Gross
It was a shocking crime that stunned Metro Detroit and made national headlines. Tuesday, two men learned their punishment in the shooting of Kamiya Gross.
"I would like to say that none of this was supposed to happen," said Raymone Jackson.
But it did.
"This is one of the most heinous crimes I have ever seen in my 45 years in the legal profession," said Judge Ulysses Boykin, Wayne County Circuit Court.
Raymone Jackson and Raphael Hearn were convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Gross, last summer in Inkster.
"Do yourself a favor and kill yourself, because the world's not going to miss you," said Kenneth French, Kamiya's father.
"You're a coward and you are weak and you call yourself a man and you couldn't even take care of yourself," said Erica Gross, Kamiya's mother.
Prosecutors proved this was a revenge killing, for a shooting that occurred three months earlier. Jackson approached two-year-old Kamiya, shooting her in front of her father Kenneth French. He also shot French and a 12-year-old, they both survived.
"He was smiling while he said he apologized, so it wasn't sincere and it wasn't deep," said Gross.
And because they were convicted of first-degree murder, they will spend the rest of their life in prison without parole.
"It was terrible. I don't think they deserve to be called fathers to nobody and I think they're where they need to be," Gross said.