- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A 22-year-old Evergreen man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.

Brandon Newberry entered an Alford plea in February to mitigated deliberate homicide. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to gain a conviction.

Newberry, who was sentenced Tuesday, was initially charged with deliberate homicide in the February 2015 death of Forrest Groshelle. An autopsy found the boy had been hit in the abdomen numerous times, causing a laceration of the small intestine that slowly poisoned him.

Newberry was watching the boy while his mother was at work.

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Information from: Flathead Beacon, https://www.flatheadbeacon.com


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