NEW PORT RICHEY
Father gets 81/2 years in child abuse case
A father who shook his 3-month-old son hard enough to cause seizures has been sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison. Richard A. Degolier, 34, of Holiday was arrested in November 2008 on a charge of aggravated child abuse. He denied harming the baby, telling investigators that on the night his son fell ill, Degolier heard the baby whimpering on a baby monitor and found him trapped between slats in his crib. He said he shook him for only "five to 10 seconds" to see whether he was okay. At the hospital, the baby had injuries consistent with abusive head trauma, squeezing and strangulation, reports said. Degolier pleaded guilty last week. After his prison stint, he will serve four years' probation. He was ordered to have no contact with his son.