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Man Gets Life For Beating Death Of Daughter

6:55 PM, Feb 20, 2009   |    comments
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MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) -- A Henry County jury has sentenced a Stockbridge man to life in prison for his role in the beating death of his 11-year-old daughter.

The jury of seven women and five men returned the verdict on Friday in the sentencing phase of the trial of 42-year-old Rodney Reaves.

Reaves, a former Navy recruiter, was found guilty on Wednesday of felony murder and cruelty to children in the death of Joella Reaves over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2003. He was acquitted of malice murder.

Reaves' lawyers say they will appeal his conviction. Gary Bowman, Rodney Reaves' public defender, says there was insufficient evidence presented that Reaves beat the child.

Reaves' lawyers said his wife, Charlott Reaves, was the person who abused Joella. Charlott Reaves faces trial in April.

(Copyright © 2009, The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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