Tenn. Man Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for Killing Son

October 28, 2011 -

A Tennessee man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for killing his infant son because he bothered while playing a video game. Nineteen-year-old Andrew Keith Johnston pled guilty Monday to second-degree murder for the October 2010 death of his one-month-old son William. Assistant District Attorney Mike Randles said Johnston gave a written statement saying that he "became irritated when the infant was crying in his bassinet, interfering with Johnston's playing of video games." The infant suffered severe injuries after his father shook him and squeezed him to quiet him down.

He suffered a brain hemorrhage and died of his injuries at a hospital a week later. The autopsy report classified the cause of death as "non-accidental trauma." The prosecutor said that Johnston told police that he "squeezed the boy hard and shook him."

Source: MSNBC

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