Man sentenced to life for murder of Colorado 11-month-old

Posted at 8:40 AM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 10:40:52-04

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a 25-year-old man to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the death of a northern Colorado infant.

The Coloradoan reports that Eighth Judicial District Judge Stephen Howard imposed the sentence Thursday on Juan Canales-Hernandez, who was convicted earlier this week by a jury of first-degree murder, child abuse and two other charges.

Prosecutors said Canales-Hernandez caused the death of 11-month-old RaeLynn Martinez in 2016 when he threw a chair at the child. Martinez was the daughter of Canales-Hernandez's then-girlfriend.

Canales-Hernandez was on parole at the time for seriously injuring a 2-year-old boy in 2013.

Canales-Hernandez declined to address the court during the proceedings.