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Girl killed trying to flee neighborhood under fire

By wire services
Published May 5, 2005


OPA-LOCKA - A 5-year-old girl died early Wednesday after she was struck by a bullet as she rode in a car with her mother, police said.

Melanise "Neenee" Malone died at a hospital after the 1 a.m. shooting in Opa-locka, 10 miles northwest of Miami, police said.

Her mother, Nicquila Godbee, had decided they should escape two days of shooting in their neighborhood, the Miami Herald reported on its Web site. The mother and children ventured out while Opa-locka police were present and the shooting had temporarily stopped, the newspaper said.

A block from the family's apartment, with a police car nearby, the shooting started again and Neenee was hit in the head.

Detectives were trying to find the shooter.

Opa-locka police had responded several times to reports of shooting in the neighborhood.

Driver sentenced to life for DUI crash killing two

DE FUNIAK SPRINGS - A man received a rare sentence of life in prison for driving drunk and causing a fiery crash that killed two Texas women by driving the wrong way on Interstate 10.

Julio Cesar Montoya was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum for two counts of manslaughter and one of causing serious injury, all while driving drunk.

"You are a menace to the roads on which we all have to travel," Circuit Judge Kelvin Wells told Montoya. "There is nothing I can ever do that can bring those folks back. The only thing I can do is remove you from society."

A jury in February convicted the 37-year-old construction worker in the May 24 crash at Mossy Head in Walton County, about 80 miles east of Pensacola. His car slammed head-on into a car with three Houston women inside, and a third car and a truck loaded with steel then hit the women's car. Two died and three were injured.

Montoya was on probation after pleading pleading no contest to drunken driving slightly more than two months earlier.

Imprisoned ex-FBI agent charged in mob murder

MIAMI - A former FBI agent already imprisoned for shielding Boston mobsters from prosecutors was indicted Wednesday in the 1982 murder of a former Miami jai-alai executive whose body was stuffed into his car trunk.

John J. Connolly Jr., 64, was charged in a state grand jury indictment with first-degree murder and conspiracy in the killing of former World Jai Alai president John Callahan, whose body was found by a parking attendant at Miami International Airport.

Investigators said Callahan was a financial adviser to Boston's Winter Hill Gang run by fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger, also charged in Callahan's slaying.

Connolly is serving a 10-year sentence in federal prison for convictions on charges stemming from his role in protecting Bulger and others from prosecution while using them as FBI informers.