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Clearfield man sentenced to 15 years to life for 2017 murder of his 7-week-old son

By Ashley Fredde, | Posted - Oct. 26, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

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CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield man was sentenced to 15 years to life in the 2017 death of his 7-week-old son.

Clint Corydon Nokes, 22, plead guilty to aggravated murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life in the Utah State Prison by 2nd District Judge David Hamilton on Sept. 30. The prosecutors declined to seek the death penalty.

In June, Noke's pleaded guilty to a reduced aggravated murder charge, the Standard-Examiner reported. In return for Noke's guilty plea, the second charges of child abuse were dropped.

According to charging documents, Nokes "repeatedly abused" his son between Nov. 26 and Dec. 1, 2017, "causing broken bones, a fractured skull, spinal damage, detached retinas and other injuries."

Nokes called 911 on Dec. 1, 2017, after calling the boy's mother to tell her something was wrong with Hudson, the Standard-Examiner reported. Nokes told 911 that his son was not breathing, according to a Davis County Jail report. The boy was taken to Davis Hospital and Medical Center where they noticed, "bruising on his head and ribs … a skull fracture, bleeding on the brain and detached retinas."

The infant was then transferred to Primary Children's Hospital. The boy died early on Dec. 2, 2017, less than 10 hours after the first 911 call.

In an interview with police, Nokes allegedly said that "he was tired of the baby crying and he finally 'exploded.' Clint stated he would 'chuck' him on the couch or 'chuck' him in his swing," according to the report.

"Clint stated he did grab the baby, held him in front of him, started jumping up and down, and the baby's head was going back and forth. Clint stated earlier in the week he had dropped the child in the kitchen sink and the baby struck his head," the report states.

Nokes was originally charged with aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, and intentional child abuse resulting in serious injury, a second-degree felony.


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