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Little Rock man pleads guilty in 2-year-old girl's shooting death

By John Lynch

This article was originally published April 23, 2018 at 2:45 p.m. Updated April 23, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.

DeShaun Rushing

A Little Rock man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for the November 2016 slaying of a 2-year-old girl.

Ramiya Reed’s death by gunfire, two days before Thanksgiving, drew public attention to an ongoing violent feud between two of the capital city’s major gangs.

Deshaun Malik Rushing pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, reduced from capital murder, before Circuit Judge Barry Sims. Prosecutors dropped other charges. The 22-year-old defendant will have to serve 21 years before he can apply for parole at age 41.

The toddler was riding on South Harrison Street in a car driven by a cousin when a passing car fired shots into the family vehicle. There were six people in the vehicle, four of them children. Ramiya was the only victim. She had been sitting in her mother’s lap.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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titleist10 says... April 23, 2018 at 4:05 p.m.

Black on black what is the black community doing to curtail black on black crime? NOTHING

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TuckerMax says... April 23, 2018 at 4:38 p.m.

He may be parole eligible at 21 years. Don't expect it until 25 or so.

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HarleyOwner says... April 23, 2018 at 5:10 p.m.

Another plea bargain. Being a prosecutor seems to be a real easy job nowadays.

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hotlilrock_yahoo.com says... April 23, 2018 at 7:13 p.m.

titleist10
what's being down about the whites that commit mass murders?

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JPRoland says... April 23, 2018 at 7:51 p.m.

And everybody loses. Very sad.

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Jfish says... April 23, 2018 at 11:18 p.m.

I agree Harley, there is little justice for children in Arkansas. Just look at the case in Searcy a couple of years ago when Curtis Vance killed little Malik Sealy and then hid his body for weeks. If Vance did not deserve the death penalty, then nobody does. The White County Prosecutor should have to visit Vance every weekend in prison as a reminder of this "justice". I am pretty sure that the Searcy Police Department was not very happy with the outcome.

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