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A Utah man convicted of killing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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Utah man sentenced to life in prison for death of toddler

Joshua Scott Schoenenberger is led in to court where he is charged with first-degree felony aggravated murder in a potential death penalty offense for the May 11 death of his girlfriend;s 2-year-old son, James Sieger Jr. He appeared in court for the first time in front of Judge John R. Morris at 2nd District Court in Farmington, Monday, June 1, 2015. (Photo: Steve Griffin)

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — A Utah man convicted of killing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Standard-Examiner reports 38-year-old Joshua Scott Schoenenberger was sentenced Wednesday after a jury found him guilty in October of first-degree aggravated murder for the death of JJ Sieger.

The former chief medical examiner told the court that the 2015 autopsy found several blunt force injuries to the child’s abdomen, head, torso and extremities as well as internal injuries.

Deputy Davis County Attorney Nathan Lyon told the court that the injuries amounted to a “bar fight between a grown man and defenseless toddler.”

Judge John Morris said that Schoenenberger had attacked the child because of issues with toilet training, describing the Layton man’s actions as “indifferent and cruel.”

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