GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- The Fort Edward man who pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend's son learned his fate Friday.
Kevin King, 30, accepted a manslaughter conviction as part of a plea deal in Washington County Court in January. The deal spared him from a possible term of life behind bars for a 2nd degree murder charge.
Instead he will spend 20 years in prison and 5 years on parole.
On August 11th, 2013, authorities say King's infant son, Brett, was brought to the Glens Falls hospital with severe head injuries and internal injuries. State police say King admitted that he was responsible. King allegedly told them he became frustrated when the baby wouldn't stop crying which lead him to pick the baby up, squeeze him and throw him to the ground.
His lawyer is trying to pursue the defense that King's actions were the result of quote "extreme emotional disturbance" that resulted from the baby's crying.
King had been watching Baby Brett while his girlfriend, the baby's mother, went on a quick errand.
King's mother said her son was under extreme stress and pressure at work. She also said he was in emotional distress at the time because he had just discovered that Baby Brett was not his biological son.
Following the plea deal, District Attorney Tony Jordan said he would have been happier with the murder charge. However, it carries with it a very broad definition of depraved indifference which would have been hard to prove.
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