An Albuquerque, New Mexico, man convicted of sexually abusing and murdering a baby in 2011 has been sentenced to 63 years in prison.
During his sentencing on Monday, Juan Galindo reportedly cried and apologized in the state District Court.
In January, a jury found Galindo guilty of child abuse, child abuse resulting in death, and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual penetration.
"[We are] very pleased. It was a very difficult case - very sad," prosecutor Lisa Trabaudo told reporters at the time of the conviction.
Officers arrested Galindo on Dec. 29, 2011, after being called to his home and finding a baby dead and with obvious signs of abuse.
He reportedly informed the sheriff’s deputies that he had been high on methamphetamines earlier that day and fell asleep. When he awoke, he allegedly discovered the baby crying and choking and responded by patting her and inserting his fingers in her.
However, an autopsy later revealed the baby had bleeding in her brain, bruising throughout her body, a bite mark, and broken ribs. She had been sexually assaulted as well.
The baby’s mother had been out shopping and visiting a casino at the time of the child’s death.
Galindo’s sentencing comes relatively light in comparison to Clayton Warner, a former inmate who was executed in January for the rape and murder of an 11-month-old girl.
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