Missouri man gets life in prison in infant's death

ST. JOSEPH | A St. Joseph man was sentenced to life in prison in the death of his girlfriend's 1-month-old daughter.

The St. Joseph News-Press reported that 30-year-old Steven Zorn was handed the sentence Monday by Buchanan County Circuit Court Judge Patrick K. Robb. Zorn pleaded guilty to second-degree murder two days into his first-degree murder trial last month.

Zorn was accused of killing 36-day-old Cora Jean Lockhart in January 2008. Prosecutors said Zorn beat, punched, shook and sat on the infant.

Zorn lived with the baby's mother, Suzan Lockhart. Zorn's half brother was the baby's father.