- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) - A southwestern Michigan father who pleaded no contest to manslaughter and first-degree child abuse in the death of his 3-month-old son has been sentenced to prison.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1JsxTgn ) 22-year-old Jonathan Colby learned his punishment Monday. Allegan County Circuit Court Judge Margaret Bakker gave him 18¾ to 30 years, saying “that it actually happened is beyond my comprehension.”

Defense attorney Robert Champion says his client “has taken full responsibility.” A no contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

Jase Colby was found unresponsive in December at an Allegan Township home about 30 miles south-southwest of Grand Rapids. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police have said Jonathan Colby told investigators the boy was struck because he was crying.


This story has been corrected to credit the Kalamazoo Gazette, not the Jackson Citizen Patriot.


Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, https://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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