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Suspect sentenced in shooting that left one-year-old girl dead

Brian Palmer pleads guilty
Posted at 4:59 PM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-11 16:59:26-05

INDIANAPOLIS—One of two men charged in a 2018 shooting incident that left a little Indianapolis girl dead is going to prison for 24-years.

That was the sentence 30-year-old Brian Palmer received Wednesday in Marion County Criminal Court.

Palmer recently avoided trial by pleading guilty to Battery by Means of a Deadly Weapon, and Aggravated Battery. Under a plea deal, a Murder charge was dropped.

The other suspect in the case, 28-year-old Darrin Banks, has already been convicted of Murder and sentenced to 53-years in prison.

This case involved one-year-old Malaysia Robson who was struck and killed by a bullet fired from the outside into her north side Indianapolis home in March of last year.

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Investigators say Palmer and Banks admitted to firing shots into the house, which they knew was occupied. Police said
a dispute on social media led up to the shooting.

The weekend after Robson was killed, the one-year-old's grandmother helped organize a call for unity in the community and a march to reduce gun violence.

For Robson's grandmother, it was a way to remember her grandchild and push for change so no family ever has to go through the same loss.

"For anyone with kids - go home and love your kids like never before," she said.