GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A Green Bay man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in the death of his 23-day-old son.
Jeremiah Thomas pleaded no contest in September to a reduced charge of reckless homicide. Police say rescue crews found the child unresponsive in Thomas’ west-side apartment in January 2018. The child suffered skull fractures, broken ribs and broken legs.
Thomas apologized before Judge John Zakowski handed down the sentence on Monday, WLUK-TV reported.
“Whether anyone believes me or not, I very, really, really, really am very remorseful and very sorry that this went this way. And if I could take it back, all of it, everything, wipe the whole slate clean but I that can’t be, and the only I really have is my remorse,” Thomas said.
Deputy District Attorney Wendy Lemkuil recommended a 20-year prison sentence. Defense attorney Peter Heyne asked for a sentence of 12 years.
Zakowski said Thomas did not have a criminal record before the killing and he took responsibility for his actions but that was outweighed by the seriousness of the case.