QUEENSBURY, N.Y. -- A Warren County man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on Thursday for the murder of his ex-girlfriend's 5-year-old son, Gary Carpenter.
In June, 25-year-old Brandon Warrington was found guilty of all charges including second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter, and endangering the welfare of a child for the death of Gary Carpenter in November 2012.
It was a case described by prosecutors as 'tough to bare' because they believed 5-year-old Gary had been abused for weeks leading up to his death.
During sentencing, Warrington still insisted he is innocent. The judge responded by calling him "cold, calculating and cruel" giving him the maximum sentence.
Emotional victim impact statements were made by young Gary's father, Gary Carpenter, and his grandmother who said "Brandon took my heart with his actions."
Carpenter had no forgiveness for Warrington, saying his son's killer "is not a true man" and he "hopes he suffers every day."
In November of 2012, police were called to the home of 23-year-old Jennie Mattison after a 911 call was made about a boy not breathing. When police arrived, they found Gary, Mattison's son, unresponsive, the victim of assault.
Prosecutors say Warrington threw the boy up against a wall resulting in head injuries that eventually led to the child's death. They also claimed Warrington had numerous chances to get the 5-year-old medical attention, but never did.
Warrington and Mattison were dating when the boy was killed, but Mattison struck a plea deal with prosecutors and testified against Warrington, ultimately leading to his conviction. She told jurors Warrington's violence became crueler as the days passed until ultimately resulting in the head trauma that led to his death.
Defense attorney Garfield Raymond denied those claims, telling the jury that it was Mattison who inflicted the referenced abuse.
She pleaded guilty to Hindering Prosecution after initially lying about how her child was hurt. She is expected to be sentenced later this month.
Raymond filed a motion to have Warrington's conviction overturned arguing that he should have asked the judge to let the jury consider an additional lesser homicide count. The request was denied Thursday.
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