A man who pleaded guilty to killing his 4-month-old baby after slamming the child’s head into his lap has been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.
First District Court Judge Kevin Allen handed down the sentence Tuesday for 37-year-old Francisco Javier Martinez of North Logan.
Prosecutors say Martinez hit the baby’s head against his legs during a fit of anger Nov. 18, 2009. Jesus Yandel Martinez suffered brain injuries and died four days later.
Francisco Martinez is set to appear in public service announcements to raise awareness about shaken baby syndrome as part of a plea agreement.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports Allen concurred with prosecutors’ recommendation that Martinez serve no more than five years and that he get credit for more than 21 months he already served.