A man was mad after being cut off and honked at on a Detroit freeway, so he opened fire on another car. One of the bullets killed a 3-year-old.
Now, the shooter will spend decades behind bars.
Recently, a Michigan judge sentenced Derrick Durham to 70 to 100 years in prison for the killing of Christian “CJ” Miller. Miller, 3, was shot to death in January 2019. Durham was convicted of second-degree murder.
The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 24, according to the Detroit News. Miller was riding with his godmother and another child on the Southfield Freeway in metro Detroit.
Durham’s attorneys argued at a hearing that Durham was provoked in a road-rage incident when the godmother cut him off and then honked, according to the Detroit News.
The godmother denied honking her horn.
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A passenger was in Durham’s car and said that Durham told her to roll her seat back, then he grabbed a gun and fired, according to the Detroit News.
After the shooting, Durham took the car to a detailing business to vacuum it out because he feared bullet casings were left behind, according to the Detroit News. They then took the car to a home, hoping to alter the appearance and color. The duo ended up hiding the vehicle in the garage.
Durham was later arrested and now has been convicted of murder in the case.
At sentencing, Miller’s mom, Tamika Whitley, shared videos of her son singing and laughing, according to WDIV.
“He meant so much to me,” Whitley said. “You really hurt me. My life is upside down because of this.”
It took three trials to convict Durham, WDIV noted. The first ended in a hung jury and the second was declared a mistrial because of juror misconduct.
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