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Appeals court upholds conviction in triplet beating

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court has decided a Milwaukee man accused of severely harming his 2-month-old triplet daughters by twisting their legs and breaking their bones was properly convicted.

Steven Sommer was convicted of three counts of child abuse in 2012 and sentenced to prison. Prosecutors said medical imaging showed the sisters had multiple broken bones and that injuries had been inflicted at different times.

Sommer argued on appeal he should be re-sentenced based on a new psychological exam and he received ineffective assistance from his trial lawyer.

The 1st District Court of Appeals rejected his arguments Tuesday, ruling the new exam isn’t relevant and his lawyer was adequate.

Sommer’s appellate lawyer, Colleen Marion, didn’t immediately return a message.

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