A Milwaukee man killed is his 2-year-old daughter and her mother and blamed the victims for his woes.
Now, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Janet Protasiewicz gave Dariaz Higgins, 37, a life sentence without the possibility of parole last month for the shooting death of Sierra Robinson, 24. The sentence followed Higgins’ guilty plea in April for first-degree intentional homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide for shooting Robinson’s friend.
On March 11, 2019, Robinson flew to Milwaukee from Las Vegas to pick up her daughter, Noelani, with a friend, Lynaettia Parker. However, Higgins had other plans. He lured the women on a merry-go-round trip within the city, which led to a northside apartment.
There, Higgins shot at the women near 91st and Mill Road, killing the victim and injuring her friend. Parker was shot eight times and survived.
Unbeknown to Robinson, Noelani was found dead in a Minnesota ditch several days before her arrival in Milwaukee. Her body had been wrapped in a blanket and kept alongside a highway. Authorities in Minnesota issued an arrest warrant for Higgins, and he was charged with unintentional second-degree murder.
Before Higgins was sentenced, he opted to make a statement to the court to explain the motive behind the shooting.
"I did not know it was going to end up turning out the way that it did. But Sierra took something from me, and she tried to use the baby as a bargaining chip, and things turned out the way it turned out," said Higgins, according to Fox News.
The defendant’s explanation irked Protasiewicz who expressed her unbelief at Higgin’s audacity and attempt to lay the blame of his actions on the victim.
“I can’t imagine anything more cruel than to have mom come to Milwaukee and lead her on a goose chase knowing the child is already dead. “You’re still blaming the victim. I was stunned to hear that come out of your mouth,” said Protasiewicz, reported the Associated Press.
Furthermore, Protasiewicz told Higgins she had only denied parole twice in her career history, but the defendant would be her third.
Robinson’s family and friends, including Parker were in the courthouse to witness the sentencing. They requested the court to deny the defendant any form of leniency.
Protasiewicz sentenced Higgins to an additional 10 years for injuring Parker. He awaits extradition to Minnesota for the second-degree murder charge in Mower County in connection to the toddler’s death.
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