ST. JOSEPH, Mo. | A northwest Missouri man has drawn a life sentence for murder in last year’s killing of his infant son.
Fifty-two-year-old Ronny Rathman of St. Joseph pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder. Rathman was sentenced Monday in Buchanan County Circuit Court.
Eight-week-old Donald Rathman suffered fatal injuries last October.
At his plea hearing, Ronny Rathman testified he hit the baby twice to stop him from crying. He said Donald fell out of his arms, hit a chair and fell onto a table.
Prosecutors said the infant had extensive head injuries.
Rathman’s wife, Angela Rathman, was sentenced in January to five years in prison for abusing the baby.