Friday, April 8, 2016

Custodial dad, step, get life in prison for beating death of 4-year-old daughter (Jacksonville, Florida)

The custodial dad is identified as JOHN ROSS NORFLEET. We've posted on this case before.

Dad, stepmom get lengthy prison sentences in child's death

Posted: Apr 08, 2016 4:58 AM EDT Updated: Apr 08, 2016 4:58 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Jacksonville father and stepmother have received lengthy prison sentences in the beating death of his 4-year-old daughter.

Media outlets report a judge sentenced 32-year-old John Ross Norfleet on Thursday to life in prison plus 30 years for the January 2015 death of Jada Norfleet.

The girl's stepmother, 34-year-old Shavonn Chanyell Norfleet, received 60 years in prison. Neither will be eligible for parole.

Prosecutors say John and Shavonn Norfleet disciplined the child by hitting her with a piece of lumber.

John Norfleet, who was a former high school teacher, was convicted last month on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter of a small child and aggravated child abuse.

Shavonn Norfleet was convicted of aggravated manslaughter of a child and aggravated child abuse.