- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A man charged last year in the 1971 death of a Louisville toddler has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Media report Lawrence Beck received the sentence Wednesday in Jefferson Circuit Court in the death of 20-month-old Michael Sanders.

Prosecutors originally charged Beck with murder, but he pleaded guilty in August to a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter. As part of the plea, he admitted to shaking the boy and causing injuries that led to his death. The charges came after advances in pediatric forensics.

Beck’s attorney asked for probation for his client, but Judge Angela McCormic Bisig declined, saying the charges were too serious.

Police say Beck was dating the boy’s mother and was watching him the day he died.

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