Man Sentenced in Child's Death

Man Sentenced in Child's Death

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Patrick Tilt has been sentenced to five years to life in prison for the squeezing death of his infant son.

Melissa Evangelista, Tilt's ex-wife and the mother of the boy, Andrew Tilt, said, "I was hoping he'd have no parole at all."

Tilt, 21, was convicted of murder in the death of the 5-month-old boy on July 24, 2002.

Tilt told police that he had wondered what life would be like without the stress of a child born premature. The boy suffered heart and lung problems.

Tilt's family has said the man has the mind of a 12-year old.

Second District Court Judge Scott Hadley said Tuesday that he will suggest a psychiatric evaluation for Tilt and he agreed with defense attorney Ron Yengich that Tilt belongs in a program for inmates who function below their age levels.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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