- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man accused in a drive-by shooting that led to the death of his 8-year-old nephew has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Prosecutors alleged that 24-year-old Robert Broom of Columbus fired at two men outside a home while riding in a vehicle with two other adults and two children in April 2014. They said his nephew, Jamarion Cox, was struck by a bullet when one man returned fire at the vehicle.

Earlier this year, Broom pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and a weapons-related charge. He was sentenced Monday to five years plus three years for a firearms specification.

His attorney, Kort Gatterdam, says that they’d hoped for a shorter sentence. He says Broom didn’t kill the boy and the person who’s really responsible hasn’t been held accountable.

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