NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- (WZTV) -- A man charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun that led to a 7-year-old girl's death has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
On June 14, 2017, Harmony Warfield was fatally shot inside a J.C. Napier residence after her 2-year-old cousin found a gun belonging to Anthony Patrick Sanders, “Ant,” aka Lil A,” 28, of Nashville.
Sanders had been sleeping at the residence on the couch and woke up the next day, walking outside. While outside, a gunshot was heard and Sanders ran in to find Warfield on the kitchen floor with a gunshot wound to the head. The 2-year-old had picked the gun up and discharged it, killing his cousin.
Also inside the home at the time were 14- and 11-year-old children.
Sanders fled the scene with the gun in fear of going back to jail. Smith was a convicted felon, previously convicted of kidnapping in 2008 and had been released just one year before the shooting. Police say Sanders is also known to be a regular heroin dealer.
Sanders previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of two firearms. Sanders is a known gang member.