Judge ordered the death sentence for a father of two-year-old girl who was starved and badly beaten.
Ohio Court Judge, Megan Shanahan, followed the jury’s recommendation that 34-year-old Glen Bates should be executed for aggravated murder.
Bates’ attorney said he wants to appeal the sentence. Bates didn’t speak at the sentencing hearing.
The jury in Cincinnati convicted Bates on multiple charges in the death of his daughter, Glenara Bates.
His attorneys had argued he should get life in prison and that such a sentence would force him to think about what happened every day, reports Daily Mail.
Bates declined to comment as he was sentenced on Monday. He reportedly turned down a plea deal that would have saved his life. He was also sentenced to 15 years and eight years in prison on two lesser charges.
‘This man is a murderer who needs to pay for what he did to this innocent baby. My heart breaks for this little girl. She died in one of the most horrific ways imaginable,’ Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said in a news release.
Glenara weighed 13 pounds when she was pronounced dead in March 2015, after her mother took her to a hospital.
Prosecutors said she had belt and bite marks, bruises, missing teeth, broken ribs and head trauma and other injuries.
Glenara’s mother, Angela Bradley, has pleaded not guilty in the case. She has a plea hearing scheduled Tuesday.
Authorities said her other six children are in the custody of relatives or family services.
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