Thursday, October 11, 2012

Dad gets 40 years for death of daughter (Edwardsville, Illinois)

Dad TORRANCE ROGERS has been found guilty of 1st-degree murder.

Edwardsville father in shaken-baby case gets 40 years

9 hours ago • By Marlon A. Walker

EDWARDSVILLE • Torrance Rogers was sentenced this morning to 40 years in prison in the shaken-baby case involving his daughter, who died years after the injuries were inflicted. Madison County Circuit Court Judge Richard Tognarelli presided over the sentencing Thursday morning at the Madison County Criminal Justice Center. He found Rogers guilty of first-degree murder in July after a stipulated bench trial where attorneys agree to evidence that would be used if the case were to go to trial. Taylor was 2 months old in 1999 when her father lifted her over his head and shook her, his response after the infant would not stop crying. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted in 2001 of felony attempted aggravated battery to a child related to Taylor's injuries. He was released after seven years on the other charge, but was charged with murder after Taylor died in 2009 of pneumonia, found to be a complication from the earlier injuries. Rogers faced up to 60 years in prison for the murder charge, but the judge agreed with prosecutors that 40 years was an appropriate sentence. He will get credit for the time he already has served.