Army Sergeant Sentenced to 45 Years for Death of Stepson

1 decade 4 months 6 days ago May 23, 2006 May 23, 2006 Tuesday, May 23 2006 Tuesday, May 23, 2006 4:08:56 PM CDT in News
Source: (Copyright 2007 The Associated Press All Rights Reserved.)
AP-MO--SergeantKilling 05-22 0133 AP-MO--Sergeant Killing,0109 Army sergeant sentenced to 45 years for death of stepson FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (AP) -- An Army sergeant at Fort Leonard Wood receives a 45-year sentence for accidentally killing his three-year-old stepson. Sergeant Gerson Balanos had pleaded guilty last week to a military charge of murder. He admitted punching stepson Ascension Rodriguez four or five times in the stomach last October at a home south of Waynesville. The boy died later at a Lebanon hospital of internal injuries. A five-member court martial jury sentenced Balanos to life in prison with the possibility of parole. But under a pretrial plea agreement, Balanos could choose between the 45-year sentence and the sentence from the court martial. (Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) AP-NY-05-22-06 2137EDT

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