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Walton Man Gets 20 Years After Beating 7-Week Old Baby to Death

A Walton man is sentenced to 20 years in prison in the beating death of a 7-week old baby.

Code Jene Phelps, 25, pleaded guilty last month in Boone Circuit Court to first-degree manslaughter, and two counts of first-degree criminal abuse.

Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Special Prosecutions Unit announced the sentencing on Wednesday.

Phelps was formally sentenced to 10 years for the manslaughter charge and five years for each of the criminal abuse charges – a total sentence of 20 years. 

Prosecutors in Beshear’s office secured the plea and recommended a 20-year prison sentence to the court.

According to prosecutors, emergency medical services staff was notified in November 2015, that a child was found in his crib unresponsive. The child was Phelps’s girlfriend's and was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly on arrival.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Phelps will not be eligible for probation or shock probation, Beshear said.

-Staff report