- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A Fort Mohave man who pleaded guilty to killing his 2-year-old stepdaughter has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Matthew Lee Smith was sentenced Monday in federal court.

Smith had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, child abuse and assault charges.

He admitted to fatally beating his 2-year-old stepdaughter in July 2012 and bringing her to a laundry room where she was kept until her mother found her the next day.

Smith also admitted abusing his 5-year-old stepdaughter and 4-year-old biological son.

Authorities say the 5-year-old girl suffered brain damage as a result of a beating by Smith.

Smith also admitted breaking his 4-year-old son’s arm.

In his plea agreement, Smith said he wrote a letter saying he was sorry for his actions.

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