Cuyahoga County

Life in prison for man convicted in child's shooting death

12/30/2014 12:13:00 PM

The man accused of shooting a 5-year-old Cleveland girl and her mother while they were sitting in a parked SUV was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 26 years.

Geoffrey Gurkovich was convicted of aggravated murder, felony assault, weapons charges and tampering with evidence.

Nonni Brooks and her daughter, Jermani, were both shot on Jan. 19, 2014, when police say Gurkovich pumped bullets into the family's van on Crossburn Avenue.

Little Jermani died as a result of her injuries. Nonni survived, but lost an eye. Her two other children, an infant and 8-year-old, were also inside the vehicle, but were not harmed.

Police say the Brooks family was not his intended target. Gurkovich's girlfriend allegedly got into an altercation with Nonni's boyfriend earlier that night. Investigators believe Gurkovich went to the Crossburn Avenue home looking for him.

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