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      Texas man gets life for killing 2-year-old boy

      via MGN Online

      NEW BOSTON, Texas-- A northeast Texas jury has sentenced a Texarkana, Texas, man to life imprisonment for murder in the fatal beating of a 2-year-old neighbor boy.

      The Bowie County jury gave 33-year-old Jimmy Paul Mahone the maximum sentence on Friday, one day after finding him guilty of murder in the death of Dalton Wayne Slaton.

      A medical examiner determined the boy had a skull fracture and numerous other broken bones.

      Prosecutors told jurors that Mahone apparently had picked the boy up by his leg and swung him repeatedly into the hard back of a sofa in his apartment. According to the Texarkana Gazette, witnesses testified that Mahone appeared to be obsessed with the child.