TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay area man who fatally shot a teenage girl while trying to shoot her brother was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison.
A Hillsborough County Judge Emmett Battles called a neighborhood rivalry between two groups - Progress Village versus Clair-Mel - senseless before handing down the sentence Tyrell Bragg, 23. The Tampa Bay Times (http://goo.gl/p8YnZs ) reports that Bragg was convicted last month of second-degree murder. He could have received a life sentence.
Authorities say Bragg was angry at Darrel Hernandez because the two young men had been in a brawl outside a Riverview party in 2011. Bragg was trying to shoot Hernandez, but missed and hit 18-year-old Iesha Washington in the head.
Washington's mother, Vanetta Smith, addressed Bragg at the hearing.
"You're a hard man," she said. "I guess at one point, I wanted to know why - why you took my daughter's life away. But it didn't matter because we couldn't bring her back."
Bragg sat impassively and watched Smith but did not speak himself.
His sister spoke briefly in his defense.
"He needs education. Education will help him. He wants a science major," she said. "I know I can help him."
Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.
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