EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A southwestern Illinois man who beat his ex-girlfriend's 5-year-old son to death is headed to prison for 70 years.
A Madison County judge sentenced Frank Price, 36, on Tuesday, three months after jurors convicted him of first-degree murder.
Price killed Ethan Allen in September 2008, then claimed the injury resulted from a bicycle fall. The boy died at a St. Louis hospital after being taken off life support.
Price has a previous battery conviction for which he was placed on court supervision. At the time of Ethan's death, Price was free on his own recognizance on a 2007 cocaine-possession charge.
Prosecutors had asked for a 70-year sentence, while Price's attorney requested a 20-year term. Price could have faced up to a century in prison.
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