Joseph Patterson Sentenced To Life In Prison


A judge has sentenced a man who was found guilty in the death of a two-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A jury convicted Joseph Patterson of second-degree murder and other charges in September.  An autopsy found that Tyrese Ruffin sustained four blows to the head, causing his brain to bleed. Doctors determined that the injuries could not have been accidental. Ruffin died from his injuries in October 2013. 

Patterson was already serving a concurrent 25-year sentence for aggravated battery. He plans to appeal the decision.

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