Sunday, September 24, 2006
A Framingham man faces 20 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the shaking death of his 2-month old son in 2004.
Prosecutors sought a first-degree murder conviction - which comes with an automatic life sentence - against William Christian Jr., 23. But a Middlesex Superior Court jury on Friday returned with a guilty verdict on the lesser charge. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 2.
Christian admitted shaking his 14-pound son, William Christian III, in February 2004 in the Framingham apartment he shared with the infant's mother, Amanda Taylor.
The 6-foot-3, 355-pound Christian said he never meant to hurt the boy, and didn't seek immediate medical help because he didn't realize the boy was injured.
The infant died a week after the incident. The death was ruled a homicide.
The jury deliberated for eight hours over two days.
Christian has been in custody since his arrest.