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Largo man guilty of murdering baby son

Published Jun. 17, 2012

A jury on Thursday found Michael L. Giovo Jr. guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his 4-month-old son. He was automatically sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Skyler Giovo died in late 2008. Authorities say he was the victim of shaken-baby syndrome.

Giovo of Largo has insisted he did nothing to hurt his son. The baby must have died, Giovo told police, because he fell off a couch on Thanksgiving night. Giovo's fiancee was asleep that Thanksgiving night when the shaking occurred.

The baby began twitching the next morning, so the couple took him to a hospital. Days later, he was removed from life support.