PHOENIX, AZ (ABC 15 News) – A judge on Monday sentenced a Mesa man to 18 years in prison for fatally beating his live-in girlfriend’s 4-year-old son because the boy had soiled himself.
Judge Warren Granville of Maricopa County Superior Court also placed Jorge Alberto Busso Jr., 26, on lifetime probation in the December 2010 death of Ramon Alejandro Haro Colin.
Busso originally was charged with first-degree murder, but he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as well as one count of attempted child abuse. His plea agreement called for a prison sentence ranging from 17 to 20 years.
Busso will not be eligible for early release, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said.
Busso, Montgomery said in a statement released by his office, “has been held accountable and will pay for his crime.”
“There is simply no excuse for the brutality he inflicted on this innocent child, and no punishment that can ever replace the life that was taken as a result of his actions,” Montgomery added.
Authorities said Busso acknowledged that he punished the boy for soiling himself by using a belt and his hands to strike the child’s face, back, buttocks and forearms.…
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