A Seattle man accused of killing a Kent toddler in a drive-by shooting was sentenced Friday to nearly four years in prison for an unrelated federal firearms offense.

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A man accused of killing a Kent toddler in a drive-by shooting was sentenced Friday to nearly four years in prison for an unrelated federal firearms offense, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The federal charge stems from an incident in October 2014 when Seattle police arrested DeMartrae “Marty” Kime at a gas station on 12th Avenue after he pointed a gun at three passers-by, according to court records. Police found 12 small bags of cocaine in Kime’s pocket and later found a .45-caliber pistol in his car.

Officers took Kime to Swedish Hospital after he complained of stomach pain, telling the officers he had swallowed 4 grams of cocaine, court records say.

Apparently because of staffing issues, a police guard was not posted and Kime walked away from the hospital after being treated, the records say.

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He was charged in January 2015 with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of cocaine but failed to show up for his arraignment, and a $500,000 warrant was issued for his arrest, according to court records.

Charging papers say Kime was arrested in Portland on April 30, a few weeks after the death of 1-year-old Malijha Grant in a drive-by shooting in Kent.

The firearms-possession case was transferred to federal court in June, and Kime later pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is prohibited from possessing firearms because of earlier convictions for theft, assault and robbery.

In December, Kent police identified Kime as a suspect in Malijha’s slaying, saying the toddler’s father, purportedly a member of the Deuce 8 street gang, was the intended target. Kime, a member of the rival Low Profiles gang, sought revenge over the death of a fellow gang member, according to charging documents.

In addition to second-degree murder in connection with Malijha’s death, Kime, 24, has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault for allegedly firing at Malijha’s parents, Lisa Lynch and Martrice Grant.

Malijha was strapped into her car seat in the back of a silver Chevrolet Impala driven by her mother, with her father in the front passenger seat, when she was shot once in the head by the occupants of another vehicle around 4:30 p.m. on April 16. She died at Harborview Medical Center two days later.

Grant has denied being a gang member. However, according to search warrants, Lynch told police shortly after the shooting that Grant is a Deuce 8 member but that “he has not been very active in the gang after recently being released from custody.”