Sentencing continued for man who admitted to kidnapping, killing 5-year-old girl

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Sentencing was continued on Tuesday for a man who admitted to kidnapping and killing a five-year-old girl.

Prior to Tuesday's hearing, U.S., attorney Tom Beall said the feds and Marcas McGowan reached a plea agreement where McGowan will spend the rest of his life in jail.

McGowan, 32, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and killing 5-year-old Cady Harris in July of 2014. Harris was the daughter of McGowan`s girlfriend Christina Harris.

Cady Harris, 5

Cady Harris, 5

The prosecutor says McGowan had an argument with his girlfriend, threatened her with a gun, grabbed Cady and took off.

McGowan led police on a chase through Atchison, across the river into Missouri and then back to Leavenworth where he eventually crashed through a barricade and stopped.

Cadence (Cady) Harris, from Atchison, was killed Friday night after an alleged kidnapping. Courtesy: facebook

Cadence (Cady) Harris, from Atchison, was killed Friday night after an alleged kidnapping.
Courtesy: facebook

Police say he was shooting at them during the chase, and when the chase ended, police found Cady in the car dead. She had been shot.

At first there was a question of how she died, but forensic evidence showed that McGowan shot the child with his gun at close range in the car.

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The plea agreement is only a recommendation agreed to by both the defendant and the prosecutor. It will be up to the judge who will either accept that agreement of reject it in favor of a punishment he finds acceptable.

McGowan's sentencing was continued until November 15.