Tuesday, February 19, 2013

In Illinois, Uncle apologizes for injuring 6-month-old nephew | Shaken Baby Syndrome

A 23-year-old Benjamin J. Fuller of Peoria Illinois was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison for violently shaking his 6-month-old nephew in 2011.
Benjamin J. Fuller, reportedly apologized and said he regretted hurting the infant. Fuller told Peoria County Circuit Judge Kevin Lyons he didn’t realize shaking the child could lead to problems later in life.
Fuller’s brother, John Fuller, reportedly took the stand and asked for the minimum sentence — six years — for his brother, pointing out to Lyons that his brother, while having character flaws, had a good heart.
Lyons reportedly seemed touched by the brother’s comments but noted that judges must look at the crime and sentence accordingly, not just consider what the victim in the matter wants.
In December, Benjamin Fuller reportedly pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery to a child as part of a deal with Peoria County prosecutors that saw lesser counts of aggravated battery and reckless conduct dismissed. The deal had a 15-year cap on any prison term. Without the deal, he would have faced up to 30 years in prison.
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