Jeremy James Kirkpatrick beat to death his girlfriend's baby daughter in September 2006. On Thursday, Kirkpatrick, 26, was found guilty of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility for parole.
The mother of Jasmine Chambers spoke outside the courtroom.
"Jasmine gets heaven," said April Chambers, 21, "and he gets a jail cell. He'll have to sit in that little tiny cell, and think, and think."
The jury took a bit more than three hours to reach the verdict that ended the three-day trial in which pretty much the only question was intent. Was this an accident? Or was it murder?
Kirkpatrick's attorneys told jurors from the get-go that they were not disputing that his actions led to the death of the 22-pound 13-month-old.
They were hoping, they said, for a conviction on the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Chambers and Kirkpatrick lived with her parents in New Port Richey. On Sept. 21, 2006, she left her daughter alone with him for about an hour in the evening.
Jurors learned from testimony that she had 47 separate bruises all over her body and swelling and bleeding in her brain.
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