Cooks pleads to manslaughter in the death of 9-year-old Janessa Ramirez

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A sad Fresno story is finally coming to an end.

The man involved in a shooting that ended up killing a 9-year-old girl pleaded to manslaughter in court Thursday, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office said.

Brian Lorisse Cooks, 25, of Fresno, accepted a plea deal and will be sentenced to serve 21 years in the
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at his sentencing hearing March 5.

Cooks pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter, participation in a criminal street gang, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Janessa Ramirez, 9, was at a laundromat with her mother when the shooting started in January 2015. She was hit by a stray bullet.

Cooks was later arrested along with a friend who was carrying a gun – the very gun police say ultimately killed Janessa.

He remains in Fresno County Jail until sentencing.

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