MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - A Forsyth Township man was sentenced Wednesday afternoon in a Marquette County courtroom.
32-year-old Randy James Tuominen was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison for the death of his son. (WLUC Photo)
Thirty-two-year-old Randy James Tuominen was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison for the death of his son.
Tuominen was arrested last November at his parent's home in Ely Township after emergency personnel were called and found his infant son unresponsive.
He previously claimed that he accidentally fell on top of his child, causing the trauma. Judge Jennifer Mazzuchi refuted this claim in her decision.
"The conduct that was needed to produce this kind of injury on this four month old, this concept of accident, things we encounter every day, but the physical abuse that took place here in order to cause this young infant to die was not an accident," Mazzuchi said.
At a previous court date, Tuominen pleaded no contest to one count of second-degree murder.
The mother of the infant, who had a twin sister, and the great-grandmother, read victim impact statements and asked the court for justice.
"I ask myself everyday how anyone could hurt a child, let alone an infant or their own child. I'm begging your honor to render a sentence comparable to the life sentence handed to me and my family," the infant's grandmother said in her emotional statement to the judge. "Please don't let this monster out to inflict on anyone else the pain and anguish that he has inflected on me and my family."
Before Tuominen was sentence, he also spoke in court to apologize to the family.
"I had a very beautiful family and I really messed up," said Tuominen. "I lost the best things in life a person could ever ask for. If given the chance, I would definitely trade my life for my son's so that he could be here today."