An attorney called his client “deranged” just before a judge sentenced the man to prison for biting and beating his two-year-old daughter to death in what officials said was an attempt to make her gay.
Genesee Circuit Judge Joseph J. Farah said Monday, July 21, that the allegations against Donovan Lamar Haynes were “astonishing” and among the most unconscionable he’s heard during his time on the bench.
Haynes, 23, was sentenced Monday to 18 years, 9 months to 40 years in prison after pleading no contest to second-degree murder for the beating death of his daughter, Ti’Airra Woodward. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such at sentencing.
Farah also sentenced him to serve a concurrent 5-15 years in prison for first-degree child abuse.
The sentence was agreed to by both sides as part of the plea agreement.
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said the victim’s family was in agreement with the agreement.
Before Farah handed down his sentence, he read briefly from a pre-sentence investigation report that outlined the circumstances surrounding the girl’s death.
Source: Flint Journal | Gary Ridley | email@example.com