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Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in death of 1-month-old son following 2 mistrials


ELIZABETHTOWN, Kentucky — A central Kentucky man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his 1-month-old son.

The News-Enterprise ( reports 25-year-old Jarrod D. Davis accepted the plea deal on Wednesday following mediation in the case. He had gone to trial twice on charges of murder and criminal abuse, though both proceedings ended with hung juries.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors are recommending a sentence of nine years, with parole eligibility in about 23 months.

Formal sentencing was set for Nov. 18.

An indictment said Davis "wantonly engaged in conduct that created a grave risk of death" to Ja'Vion Davis. A medical examiner found blunt force trauma to the baby's head and several other injuries.

Davis has said the injuries occurred when he dropped the infant.

Information from: The News-Enterprise,

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