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Emotional sentencing for dad whose daughter kills self with his gun

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A Cleveland father was sentenced to prison after his 6-year-old daughter shot and killed herself with his gun.

During an emotional sentencing, Edmund Benson was ordered to serve three years in prison. Benson broke down in tears as he apologized to his family.

"I don't see how you're supposed to live everyday with a broken heart knowing my baby will never come home," Benson said tearfully.

Benson, 24, was watching his daughter, Nevaeh, when she fatally shot herself with his gun inside his east side home in January.

Nevaeh's mother spoke on Benson's behalf at his sentencing, as did the mothers of his four other children. 

Benson hadn't helped his case by failing to report his address changes to the Sheriff because of a sex offense as a juvenile. He also threw the gun out of a window after Nevaeh shot herself. The gun was under a bed, but in a room filled with toys.

"You can't have a gun because you have a prior felony. You have to verify your address because of that prior sex offense. You've shown an inability to carry forth with the things that are required of you by law," said Judge Nancy McDonnell.

Last month, Benson pleaded guilty to attempted involuntary manslaughter and having weapons while under disability.

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