WAUKEGAN – A judge has sentenced a suburban Chicago man to 30 years in prison for killing his then-girlfriend's 5-month-old son and dumping the body into a trash container.
In imposing the punishment on Demetries Thorpe, The News Sun in Waukegan cites the judge as noting the body was never found despite landfill searches.
Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes said it's "horrible" to think Joshua Summeries' "tombstone is literally a bunch of garbage."
A victim statement from the mother, Kisha Summaries, was also read for her in court. She said Thorpe "robbed me of everything." She also called her son "a happy baby" whose laugh made her happy.
Prosecutors say Thorpe smothered the infant while the child was crying. Thorpe pleaded guilty to first-degree murder earlier this year.