De'Marquise Elkins stands with his lawyers as he is sentenced. Photograph: Bobby Haven/AP
A teenager convicted of fatally shooting a baby in a stroller was sentenced on Thursday to spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole after the grieving mother asked a judge to punish the gunman for taking "the love of my life"
De'Marquise Elkins, 18, stood silent and showed no emotion as he was sentenced in a courtroom less than two weeks after a jury found him guilty of murdering 13-month-old Antonio Santiago during a robbery attempt.
"His first word was never heard. His first sentence was never said," Sherry West, the baby's mother, said through tears on the witness stand as she read a statement made to rhyme like a poem or a nursery rhyme. "He never got to sleep in a toddler bed."
The baby was in his stroller and out for a walk with his mother when he was shot between the eyes on March 21 in the Georgia coastal city of Brunswick. West and a younger teenager charged as an accomplice testified at trial that Elkins killed the baby after his mother refused to give up her purse.
DE DESCOLONIZADORES A COLONIZADOS E DE CAPATAZES A PAUS MANDADOS PELAS DIFERENÇAS É O FUTURO BRILHANTE QUE VOS ANDAM A OFERECER OS DEMOCRATAS DAS MEMÓRIAS E OS TRAIDORES RASTEIROS...