LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Little Ne’Riah Miller may be gone, but she’s always close by.
“I talk to her all the time, all the time,” her great-grandmother, Sherrie Miller said.
Not a day goes by that Sherrie Miller doesn't think of her great-grand baby, Ne'riah Miller. The 16-month old girl was shot and killed more than two years ago on her front porch at 37th and Market in Louisville.
“Everytime that she came over here, she would grab this door, and this is all she did,” she explained while knocking the door. “She'd come over, she'd put her hand on the glass.”
Her great-grandmother refuses to clean that piece of glass.
“I don't think I'll ever wash it, I'll clean the rest of it but this side will never get clean.”
She told WHAS11 News she’s still struggling, even after little Ne'Riah's killers are behind bars.
“It was my great grandbaby. And it will never be enough for me because you took her life,” she said to those convicted of murdering her.
Trey Anderson and Michael Dunn got 5 and ten years in prison, after a plea deal in 2014 that lead them to testify against three others in court. Demarkus Tramber, William McLemore and Duwan Mason stood trial and were each convicted of murder. Tramber took a plea deal with the commonwealth, facing 20 years. McLemore and Mason each got 35 years from the jury.
“They should have gotten life. You take a life, they should have gotten their life taken,” she explained.
But she says she will forgive them. She told WHAS 11 News she needs to feel love in her heart, not for them but for Ne'Riah.
“I would give her my life. I rather for her to be here than me to be here.”
Anderson and Dunn received their formal sentencing this week. Tramber, Mason and McLemore will face formal sentencing at the end of April. Mason and McLemore do have the opportunity to appeal.