A Kansas man has been sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping his girlfriend’s five-year-old daughter and shooting the child to death during a 2014 police chase.
Marcas McGowan, 32, of Atchison declined to address the judge during his sentencing hearing on Tuesday in Kansas City, Kansas.
He already had pleaded guilty to kidnapping resulting in death and to discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.
Marcas McGowan, 32, of Kansas (pictured left and right) has been sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping Cadence Harris in July 2014 and fatally shooting her during a police chase
Five-year-old victim Cadence Harris pictured above, who was abducted by McGowan on July 18, 2014 after he argued with her mother Christina Harris at their home, authorities said
McGowan abducted Cadence Harris, also known as Cady, on July 18, 2014, after arguing with her mother Christina Harris at their home, authorities said.
During the domestic dispute, McGowan had threatened Harris with a gun and she called police, according to the Leavenworth Times.
In the high-speed police chase that followed the argument, McGowan fired at police while traveling at speeds of up to 95mph and fatally shot the girl.
Authorities pursued him into neighboring Missouri before he crashed through a construction barricade near Leavenworth, Kansas.
Officers shot him after he pointed a gun at them.
Cadence was found dead inside the car from a gunshot wound and McGowan was briefly hospitalized and has been jailed since then.
Cadence’s mother, Christina Harris, pictured above in July 2014. She previously said she and McGowan had a five-year relationship that was often abusive
Forensic evidence revealed McGowan had shot the girl close range with a 9mm handgun while she was in the car, according to prosecutors.
Cadence’s mother, Christina Harris, told reporters after the shooting that she and McGowan had an on-again, off-again relationship over five years that often was abusive.
She said the two argued on the day McGowan abducted Cadence and that he took the girl while she went to call the police.
Cadence was not McGowan’s biological daughter but he had treated her as his child, Harris said at the time.
During the police chase that followed the domestic dispute, McGowan fired at police and fatally shot the girl. Scene from where the police chase ended above
In court on Tuesday, statements prepared by Cadence’s mother and grandmother that were read by a victim advocate described the girl as a child who loved to sing, draw and dance, according to The Kansas City Star.
Her mother’s statement said McGowan took away not only her only daughter but her best friend.
‘I’m a shell of a person,’ Christina Harris’ statement read in part. ‘I cannot put into words what has been taken from me. Not only did he kill my daughter, but he took my best friend.’
Thompson has been sentenced to life without parole for the kidnapping charge and an additional 10 years for the firearms charge.