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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dad gets prison for manslaughter death of 3-month-old son (Allegan, Michigan)

Dad is identified as JONATHAN COLBY.

Michigan father gets prison in 3-month-old son's death

Posted: Jul 20, 2015 11:42 AM EDT Updated: Jul 20, 2015 1:02 PM EDT

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) - A southwestern Michigan father who pleaded no contest to manslaughter and first-degree child abuse in the death of his 3-month-old son has been sentenced to prison.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports ( ) 22-year-old Jonathan Colby learned his punishment Monday. Allegan County Circuit Court Judge Margaret Bakker gave him 18¾ to 30 years, saying "that it actually happened is beyond my comprehension."

Defense attorney Robert Champion says his client "has taken full responsibility." A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

Jase Colby was found unresponsive in December at an Allegan Township home about 30 miles south-southwest of Grand Rapids. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police have said Jonathan Colby told investigators the boy was struck because he was crying.