Man gets 40 years for girl's shooting death

February 15, 2008 9:43:23 AM PST
A man involved in a drive-by shooting that left a 4-year-old girl dead in her house was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Javier Meza, 21, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to murder, Taylor County District Attorney James Eidson said. If he had been convicted at trial, which was set for later this month, he faced a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Meza had been jailed since the shooting last year that peppered a house with more than a dozen bullets, killing 4-year old Janie De La Paz as she slept in her bed in a front bedroom.

Police previously said they believed the house was targeted.

Islam Gonzales and Matthew Gonzalez, 17 and 19 at the time, respectively, also were indicted on murder charges and remain jailed, awaiting trial.

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