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Huntsville man sentenced to 20 years for killing 3-year-old son

Maurice Cartwright (Source: Huntsville Police Department) Maurice Cartwright (Source: Huntsville Police Department)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Madison County judge has sentenced a Huntsville man to 20 years in prison for killing his 3-year-old son in 2013.

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Prosecutors say Maurice Cartwright beat his son, Je’Remyah, to death. The 3-year-old child suffered brain trauma and severe bleeding and showed signs of being choked.

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Cartwright was originally indicted for capital murder. He was found guilty of manslaughter instead. The judge issued the maximum sentence for manslaughter.

Assistant District Attorney Tim Gann believes the family can now have closure.

"I think that they are at peace now that someone is being held accountable for his death. This whole process has been extremely difficult for them, and now to have someone accountable for Je’Remyah's death, I think does bring forth some closure,” said Gann.

Two doctors evaluated Cartwright for the trial. They found him to be intellectually disabled with an IQ of 73, which went into the jury's sentencing decision. The judge made it clear to Cartwright that the doctors report of him having an intellectual disability played no part in the sentencing.

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