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Suspended prison sentence for man charged in child's death 2 years ago

Aug 11, 2013 - From staff reports

A man who pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the death of an infant under his care more than two years ago has received a suspended prison sentence on Thursday.

Ninth Judicial District Judge Norman Young gave 23-year old Jonathan Marshall a 10- to 18-year suspended prison sentence.

Marshall will received credit for the two years he spent in jail prior to sentencing being passed.

Marshall was babysitting the child the day of the death. He told police the infant was bouncing when he launched himself out of the chair and hit his head on a couch July 28, 2011.

The infant died after suffering rib and skull fractures.

Prosecutor Pat LeBrun says no case has caused him more personal heartache.

He said he was obliged to prosecute Marshall, but he believed Marshall did not mean to kill the infant.

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