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Western Michigan man sentenced to life in prison without parole in death of 2-month-old son


MUSKEGON, Michigan — A western Michigan man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in the death of his 2-month-old son. reports ( ) 41-year-old Anthony Casanova was given the mandatory punishment for first-degree murder on Monday in Muskegon County Circuit Court. A jury in September convicted him in the killing of 10-week-old Tyler in January 2013.

Casanova didn't address the court before he was sentenced. Defense lawyer Fred Johnson says an appeal is planned.

Casanova said in a Norton Shores police interview that he bounced the baby head-first on an air mattress and twice squeezed him until he stopped breathing. He originally said he fell on Tyler after tripping over his dog, which a coroner said wasn't consistent with the child's injuries.

Information from: The Grand Rapids,

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