- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

PULASKI, Va. (AP) - A Pulaski man has pleaded guilty to killing his 5-month-old son.

The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/1RDfWFA ) that 33-year-old Howard Cole was sentenced to life in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to capital murder. He could have faced the death penalty if the case had gone to trial.

Cory Cole was found dead in woods in Draper on Jan. 30, 2014, a day after he was reported missing. An autopsy determined that the infant died of blunt force injuries and strangulation.

The child’s mother, 30-year-old Samantha Warden, is serving a seven-year prison sentence after pleading no contest to felony child neglect. Police say Warden saw Howard Cole abuse their son, then left them alone the next day after the couple argued.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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