NW Missouri man sentenced to life in son's death
Saturday, July 13, 2013
BETHANY, Mo. (AP) — A northwest Missouri man has received a life sentence in the death of his 7-year-old son whose body was found in the family's burned-out mobile home.
The St. Joseph News-Press (http://is.gd/FRAqeA) reports that 29-year-old Tony King of Bethany was sentenced Friday in Buchanan County Circuit Court. The life sentence was for first-degree murder in the death of his 7-year-old son, Jeremiah Lamm. King also was sentenced to an additional 30 years for arson and felony child abuse.
Jeremiah's body was found in the bedroom of the family's burned mobile home in January 2012. Prosecutors said King killed the boy and burned the mobile home to conceal the crime.
The defense said the fire was an accident.
King also is charged with strangling a fellow jail inmate while awaiting sentencing.
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