WDBJ7 Web Staff
12:52 PM EDT, October 19, 2012
A Covington man has been sentenced to a total of 40 years in prison for the death of his infant son.
Jared Meadows was sentenced Friday.
He entered an Alford plea in September. That meant he didn't plead guilty, but admitted there was enough evidence to convict him.
Investigators say Jared Meadows killed the child in September 2011 by dropping him on the wooden armrest of a sofa while trying to feed the baby while he was crying.
Original story Sept. 6
We're learning more about what's next for a Covington man accused of killing his infant son.
Investigators say Jared Meadows killed the child by dropping him on the wooden armrest of a sofa while trying to feed the baby while he was crying.
On Friday, Meadows agreed to an Alford plea.
That means he doesn't plead guilty, but he admits there's enough evidence to convict him.
On Wednesday we learned from the Commonwealth's Attorney in Alleghany County that the baby's mother didn't want to go through a trial and is happy with the plea.
The case generated a tremendous interest in the Alleghany Highlands and through it all, Meadows was portrayed as someone who immediately realized his tragic mistake when baby Hunter died.
"He said he didn't like the word slam, he didn't like it but he laid Hunter down maybe with a little bit of force, not a lot, but when he did, he hit his head on the couch," Jessica Wykle, the baby's mother, said back in February.
We also found out while the county was ready to seek the death penalty, its recommendation of life in prison just made the most sense.
Meadows will be sentenced in October.
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