Man gets 30 years after pleading guilty to murder in Jazmine Barnes' death

Erick Black (left) and Jazmine Barnes (right) (Photos: Harris County District Attorney's Office)

Eric Black has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder in the drive-by shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, officials say.

Jazmine was shot and killed in east Harris County on December 30, 2018, while riding in a car with her mother and sisters. Authorities said the shots were fired by someone in another vehicle.

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Following a search for suspects that gained national attention, Black and Larry Woodruffe, 27, were arrested and charged.

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According to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Woodruffe was riding in a car driven by Black when Woodruffe opened fire on the family’s vehicle.

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The district attorney’s office says Black pleaded guilty to murder earlier this year in a plea deal that capped his possible sentence at 35 years in prison in exchange for testifying against Woodruffe.

Following a trial in April, Woodruffe was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.

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On Thursday, visiting state District Judge Vanessa Velasquez sentenced Black.

"Jazmine Barnes’ death was a tragic and heartbreaking example of needless and pointless gun violence, and she and her family deserved justice and they got justice," said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.

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Assistant District Attorney Alycia Harvey, who prosecuted the case, said, "For the family of Jazmine Barnes, we’re grateful that we finally reached a resolution that’s just."