PHOENIX (AP) — Sentencing is set Monday for a Mesa man who pleaded guilty to fatally beating his live-in girlfriend’s 4-year-old son because the boy had soiled himself.
Jorge Alberto Busso Jr. had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and attempted child abuse in the December 2010 death of Ramon Alejandro Haro Colin.
Busso’s plea agreement calls for a sentence ranging from 17 to 20 years.
Authorities say Busso admitted that he punished the boy for soiling himself by using a belt and his hands to strike the child’s face, back, buttocks and forearms.
Busso is also accused of causing the 4-year-old’s head to strike a wall several times by pushing him into a corner during the beating.
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