- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - A western Kentucky man sentenced in 2012 to 10 years in prison in the death of a toddler has a parole hearing.

The Paducah Sun (https://bit.ly/1ocq3Dw) reports Ronald Saunders II will go before the parole board on Oct. 28 in the death of 2-year-old Conner Bachuss.

Prosecutors say they believe Saunders suffocated the child, who died in 2010 five days after being taken to the hospital. Officials say he suffered puncture wounds and severe brain damage before his death.

After a jury deadlocked on a murder charge, Saunders entered an Alford plea to manslaughter, which means he did not admit guilt but believed there was enough evidence for conviction.

The boy’s mother, Mashanna Bachuss, said she has collected about 5,000 signatures so far to oppose parole.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, https://www.paducahsun.com


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