Judge sentences Arlis Gordon to 30 years in prison for role in Laylah Petersen shooting

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MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee County judge sentenced Arlis Gordon on Thursday, December 8th to 30 years in prison for his role in the shooting death of five-year-old Laylah Petersen.

24-year-old Gordon in September pleaded guilty to the following charges:

  • Second degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, as party to a crime
  • Second degree recklessly endangering safety, as party to a crime (three counts)

In addition to the 30 years in prison, Gordon was sentenced to serve 19 years extended supervision.

Petersen was shot while inside a home near 58th and Fairmount on November 6, 2014. Laylah, her sister Destiny and her grandparents were sitting in the living room when bullets pierced the picture window. Petersen died at a hospital. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Laylah Petersen

Laylah Petersen

Gordon was one of three men charged in connection with the shooting.

A Milwaukee County judge sentenced 21-year-old Carl Barrett Jr. on December 1st to 65 years in prison and another 35 years of extended supervision.

Carl Barrett Jr.

Carl Barrett Jr.

25-year-old Paul Farr pleaded guilty to two felony counts of harboring/aiding a felon. He was sentenced in November to five years in prison and five years of extended supervision. But the court then stayed that sentence -- and placed Farr on probation for five years.

Paul Farr

Paul Farr


  • cf

    I thought it would be somewhat of a relief when this was finally over, however I have come to realize it will never be over.. especially for Laylah’s family. One bad decision came at a great cost to several different families and a community. I will forever feel sorrow for her family. ..

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