"As of this moment, the defendant has never shown any remorse for what he did," Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall said during the hearing. "It's hard to imagine a more vulnerable victim and a more sacred relationship to be violated."
Whitehead imposed the sentence after hearing MacDougall's argument that Jose Aquino, 29, "violently shook" his then 2-month-old daughter Elliany for what doctors testified had to be a minimum of one minute. The abuse caused serious and permanent brain injuries and vision damage, and a portion of the child's skull had to be removed to relieve swelling.
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