GRETNA, Louisiana — A Marrero teenager who was convicted last month of shooting a 2-year-old boy in the face when opening fire on the child's father has been sentenced to 60 years in prison. Carl Baham must serve the time at hard labor, state District Judge Scott Schlegel said in handing down the punishment on Thursday.
Baham claimed self-defense when he fired his pistol at Byron Matthews Jr. on July 25. The 21-year-old Matthews was preparing to take his two children, 2-year-old Byron Matthews III and 5-month-old Madison Matthews, from the back seat of his car when Baham began shooting.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/NBcADW ) one of the bullets pierced a rear car door and struck the toddler as he was belted in his seat next to his little sister.
Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com