US teen convicted of killing baby in robbery attempt gets life in prison
BRUNSWICK, Georgia (AP) - A teenager convicted of fatally shooting a baby in a stroller has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole after the grieving mother asked a judge to punish the gunman for taking "the love of my life".
In a case that has drawn attention around the country, 18-year-old De'Marquise Elkins stood silent and showed no emotion as he was sentenced on Thursday, less than two weeks after a jury found him guilty of murder in the slaying of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago during a robbery attempt.
"His first word was never heard. His first sentence was never said," Ms Sherry West, the baby's mother, said through tears on the witness stand as she read a statement made to rhyme like a poem or a nursery rhyme.
"He never got to sleep in a toddler bed."