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N.Y. Man Sentenced for Killing Toddler

April 24, 2003

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) _ A man was sentenced Thursday to five to 15 years in prison for killing a 2-year-old girl with a stray bullet as she watched a Winnie the Pooh cartoon with her parents.

Kashawn Jones, 23, received the maximum sentence for second-degree manslaughter in the January 2002 death of Amy Guzman.

``Amy was a little angel for us. She was the princess of the family,″ said her father, Julio Guzman. ``Five to 15 years _ it’s nothing. It’s nothing for everything we’ve been through.″

Jones had testified that he had planned to kill himself, then changed his mind and was trying to get the bullet out of the high-powered rifle when it discharged out his third-floor window. He lived a block away from the Guzmans in Yonkers.

Prosecutors argued that he had fired the gun deliberately for target practice. He was convicted in February.

The bullet went through a metal sign, a wall in the Guzman apartment and the headboard of her parents’ bed before hitting Amy in the head. It also grazed her mother.

Jones apologized to the Guzman family Thursday, and said, ``I just hope I get the chance to get back to society so I can be an active contributor.″

State Supreme Court Justice Richard Molea told Jones: ``You still have a future in front of you. Amy Guzman does not.″

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