‘Janessa was a peacemaker. And I will see her again. God Bless you Mr. Cooks.’ Janessa’s grandmother— Sontaya Rose (@SontayaRose) March 5, 2018
As part of a plea deal, Brian Cooks pleaded no contest last month to one count of voluntary manslaughter and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Cooks was charged with shooting and killing nine-year-old Janessa Ramirez in 2015. Police said he admitted to shooting the girl as she stood outside a West Central Fresno laundromat.
Janessa’s family praying in the hallway with the jail chaplain who has also been meeting with Brian Cooks. pic.twitter.com/hsqNYZnSYQ— Sontaya Rose (@SontayaRose) March 5, 2018
‘I hope that from the bottom of your heart, you can forgive me.’- Brian Cooks is addressing the court and reading from his prepared statement.— Sontaya Rose (@SontayaRose) March 5, 2018
Cooks said he didn't mean to hit the girl and that he was only shooting in self-defense because he was under fire from a moving car.
During a statement in court Cooks asked for forgiveness from the victim's family.