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Life sentence in killing of Curry's ex, daughter

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  • FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2009 file photo, Keith Henry holds a photo of his daughter Nova Henry, with her daughter Ava and son at the Cook County Courthouse in Chicago. Chicago attorney Fredrick Goings, who was convicted in the January 2009 slayings of Nova and daughter Ava, the ex-girlfriend and daughter of former NBA center Eddy Curry, was sentenced Thursday, April 4, 2013, to life in prison. Goings represented Henry in a child custody case against Curry, and was romantically involved with her. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

      FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2009 file photo, Keith Henry holds a photo of his daughter Nova Henry, with her daughter Ava and son at the Cook County Courthouse in Chicago. Chicago attorney Fredrick Goings, who was convicted in the January 2009 slayings of Nova and daughter Ava, the ex-girlfriend and daughter of former NBA center Eddy Curry, was sentenced Thursday, April 4, 2013, to life in prison. Goings represented Henry in a child custody case against Curry, and was romantically involved with her. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

 
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A Chicago attorney was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the slayings of former NBA center Eddy Curry's ex-girlfriend and infant daughter four years ago.

Cook County Judge Maura Slattery Boyle called Fredrick Goings, 40, a "predator" and a fraud.

"You are a facade as a lawyer and a human being," she said.

A jury found Goings guilty in February in the 2009 shooting deaths of Nova Henry, 24, and Curry's 10-month-old daughter, Ava. Investigators said Goings shot Henry while she was holding the infant.

Goings had represented Henry in a child custody case against Curry, and became romantically involved with her. Henry tried to end the relationship and moved out, along with Curry's two children, prosecutors said.

They say Goings shot Henry in her home while she was holding the infant. Henry and Curry's son, who was then 3 years old, was also in the home but wasn't harmed.

Curry, who is playing basketball in China, didn't testify at Goings' trial.

Goings said he maintains his innocence, saying "I loved Ava and Nova."

Members of Henry's family gave victim impact statements at the hearing.

Henry's mother, Yolan Henry, called Goings a "mad man" filled with "venom," but she said she forgave him.

Curry has played for the Chicago Bulls, the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat.

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