Man who killed girlfriend’s daughter sentenced to 40 years in prison

An Anne Arundel County policeman guards the intersection of North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue, in this file photo in Baltimore. (AP)
Updated 12 August 2017

Man who killed girlfriend’s daughter sentenced to 40 years in prison

EASTON, Pennsylvania: A Pennsylvania man was sentenced Friday to up to 40 years in prison for his role in the death of his girlfriend’s 17-month-old daughter, and the judge told him he wished he could give more time in prison.
Gary Foley Jr., 33, was sentenced at county court in Easton to serve 20 to 40 years in prison, the maximum allowed sentence. In court, Foley never spoke, shaking his head when presiding Judge Stephen Baratta asked if he had anything to say.
The Morning Call reports (http://bit.ly/2ux5o1D ) Foley pleaded guilty in June to third-degree murder in a plea agreement.
If his case did go to trial, Foley could have faced life in prison without parole.
Before sentencing, Foley told a probation officer and a psychologist he was overwhelmed by the horrible living conditions at his trailer home where he was living at the time. Foley said he slammed the baby into the ground after she wouldn’t stop crying.
The baby, Kannah Dew, died after being rushed to the hospital Feb. 24, 2015.
Baratta noted that Foley did not apologize for causing the death of Kannah. He added that Foley was casting himself as the victim and wasn’t showing remorse.
“What mercy did he display that day that would make me want to give him some mercy today?” Baratta asked.
Foley’s current account differs from what he told police the night Kannah was rushed to the hospital — that she choked on a piece of hot dog. But an autopsy revealed a significant fracture to the back of the girl’s head.
Assistant District Attorney Tatum Wilson said that Foley has never taken responsibility for what he did, even though he admitted his guilt.
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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com


Boko Haram bombers kill seven in Cameroon

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Boko Haram bombers kill seven in Cameroon

  • Amchide is a small trading village in Cameroon’s Far North province
  • Militants’ campaign has killed more than 27,000 people since 2009, several thousand of them in Cameroon
YAOUNDÉ: Seven people were killed when two suicide bombers, suspected to be members of Nigeria’s Boko Haram militant group, attacked a village in northern Cameroon on Sunday, police and a local official said.
“Two Boko Haram bombers blew themselves up at around 8p.m.” in the attack on Amchide, on the border with Nigeria, a policeman said Monday, while a local official said a village chief and two teenagers were among the dead.
The attack took place as the villagers were “returning home” though a zone that the authorities have said is dangerous after 6p.m., the official said.
Amchide is a small trading village in Cameroon’s Far North province, a tongue of land that lies between Chad to the east and Nigeria to the west.
The province has been hit since 2014 by Boko Haram fighters making incursions from northeast Nigeria.
The militants’ campaign has killed more than 27,000 people since 2009, several thousand of them in Cameroon, and displaced more than two million, sparking a dire humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region.
According to Amnesty International, at least 275 people were killed in the Far North last year.