- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

BOLIVIA, N.C. (AP) - A Shallotte man has been sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison in the 2013 beating death of a 4-month-old boy.

Area media outlets reports 20-year-old Randy Richardson was sentenced on Monday in Brunswick County Superior Court. Richardson pleaded guilty Sept. 22 to second-degree murder and felony child abuse.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said Colton Richardson was injured May 28, 2013, in the elder Richardson’s home. The baby was taken off life support on June 2, 2013.

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Capt. Sam Davis testified that Randy Richardson, who was not the child’s biological father, confessed to shaking the infant. An autopsy revealed the boy died of head trauma and also showed the child had 10 ribs that were broken weeks earlier and healing.

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