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Shooter in Christmas Eve murder sentenced

Gregory Dewayne Polley. Photo Source: Smith County Jail. Gregory Dewayne Polley. Photo Source: Smith County Jail.

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Gregory Dewayne Polley, the man accused of firing the shot that killed 15-year-old Nicole Cartwright outside of a carwash on Gentry Parkway on Christmas Eve was sentenced to 50 years in prison by Judge Kennedy this morning. He also gave up his right to appeal.

After Polley's sentence was read, Nicole Cartwright's mother said she forgave Polley.

"This child was full of joy. I want you to know today that Nicole was a peacemaker. Today was like having a funeral all over again and it hurts but I look at her picture and I think of her smile and I know she's with me and she's going to be with me always. I just wanted you to know that she was always making people smile. A lot of my family feel like right now they can't forgive, but I pray that God touches them and they can forgive you", said Nicole's mother.

Polley pleaded guilty earlier this month for first degree felony murder in the Longview girl's death.

Early Christmas Eve morning, a stray bullet hit and killed Cartwright while she sat in her mother's car.

According to Police, a gunman allegedly fired several shots following a disturbance near Williams Chicken on Gentry Parkway in Tyler.

Tyler Police say Cartwright was just an innocent bystander who got caught in the crossfire.

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