Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)By Brian Kelly

ST. CHARLES (KMOX) – The man who opened fire during a little girl’s birthday party at a St. Charles Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant has been given a life prison sentence.

Arieon Ford, 25, pleaded guilty in May to four counts each of first-degree assault and armed criminal action for the January 2015 incident.

Prosecutors say it was Ford’s girlfriend who called him to bring a gun to her 1-year-old daughter’s party at the restaurant, because she was mad at the girl’s father.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Aesian Clay told her daughter, “Say your last goodbye to your daddy, because he is going to die today.”

Ford fired his semi-automatic handgun at four people, hitting the little girl’s grandfather, who got in the way so his son, the baby’s father, and two others could escape.

The grandfather suffered several wounds to his lower body and an arm.

Clay pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree assault and was sentenced to five years probation. One condition of her probation: She can’t go to a Chuck E. Cheese’s.

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