Man sentenced for shooting death of pregnant woman

CINCINNATI -- A man convicted for the shooting death of a pregnant woman was sentenced to 28 years in prison on Wednesday in a Hamilton County courtroom.

Leonard J. Lanier, 26, was arrested on April 10, 2013 in the 1200 block of Sunset Avenue. Officers said Lanier was arrested on operating a vehicle while intoxicated warrants and a warrant in connection with the death of 21-year-old Strawberry Edwards.

Detectives said Edwards was found shot to death inside a home located in the 700 block of Dutch Colony Drive on Feb. 21, 2013. She was three-months pregnant at the time of the incident.

Edwards' brother, Ruebenn Knox, said Lanier was trying to get through Edwards' back door on the night of the incident when they started fighting.

"But I guess it got heated and it got physical, and I guess, I don't know, through anger, jealousy, whatever it was, I guess he pulled a gun and shot her," Knox said.

In a 911 call made by Lanier's mother, she told police that her son showed up at her home with Edwards' 5-month-old son and told her that he had shot Edwards six times.

"My son just told me that he had shot his baby's mom and.... he said he shot her six times," Lanier's mother said in the call.

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