1 of 7 suspects charged in 2018 murder of 9-year-old girl sentenced to 22 years

Updated: Sep. 17, 2020 at 9:14 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - One of the seven men charged in the murder of an innocent 9-year-old girl in 2018 was sentenced on Thursday.

Ce’Matizea Andrews was sentenced to 22 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and attempted felonious assault for his role in the murder of Saniyah Nicholson.

The young girl’s mother addressed Andrews at his sentencing, asking the judge to enforce the maximum punishment.

Sentencing for 1 of 7 suspects charged in 2018 murder of 9-year-old girl on Cleveland’s East side

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Thursday, September 17, 2020

Nicholson was shot in the head while sitting in her mother’s car in the 4000 block of Lee Road on June 20, 2018.

Saniyah Nicholson. (Source: Family)
Saniyah Nicholson. (Source: Family)

Cleveland police said Nicholson was caught in the crossfire of two groups shooting at each other on the sidewalk.

“We have lost too many children to this senseless violence and it has to stop,” said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley.

Damaris Perry, Dyshawn Bonner and Timothy Earl Malcolm Green are scheduled to start trial on Oct. 27.

Aaron George and Brewen Harrison pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence on Sept. 16, 2019 and are scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 6.

Devontae Nettles has a pre-trial on Sept. 30.

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