Man who killed son gets 5½ years
Sentencing of James Larose, 25, took place Tuesday in Battleford, Sask.
Larose was originally charged with second-degree murder and entered a guilty plea to manslaughter last November.
At Tuesday's sentencing, court heard details about how the child died.
On March 19, 2009, Larose was at home with his six-month-old son, Camden Bounting. The child's mother, Amy Bounting was not at home at the time.
According to an agreed statement of facts, Larose had been drinking heavily and was trying to change his son's diaper when the little boy pooped again.
That sent Larose into a rage and, according to his own recollection, he punched the child five times in the stomach.
Medical experts said the blows ruptured the child's small intestine.
The next morning the child was found dead in his crib. Larose was arrested and charged five days later.
During sentencing, Justice Frank Gerein called the crime "evil in its very essence".
The judge said he considered Larose a low risk to reoffend but wanted to send a clear message that violence against children is unacceptable.
In a victim impact statement the boy's mother said the death of her only child was devastating and she can no longer trust people.
The Crown prosecutor on the case asked for a sentence of eight to 10 years.
The defence pointed out that Larose had apologized.
After sentencing Larose was taken by police to begin serving his time.
Lloydminster is a community on Saskatchewan's boundary with Alberta. It is about 275 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon.