- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

VISTA, Calif. (AP) - A former Southern California Marine is facing life in prison for beating to death his 7-month-old son.

Twenty-three-year-old Stanford Morocho pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder. He was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years to life in prison.

Morocho is a former Camp Pendleton Marine. He and the boy’s mother had agreed to share custody of the baby.

Authorities say Morocho fatally abused his son during a week he had custody in December 2014.

The boy wasn’t breathing when Morocho took him to a hospital at the Marine base. Authorities say the boy had broken ribs and a fractured skull.

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