Kansas man sentenced in son’s beating death

(AP) — A northeast Kansas man has been given the maximum sentence for the beating death of his 4-year-old son.court

27-year-old Lee Davis IV, of Hiawatha, was sentenced Friday to nearly 20 years in prison.

Davis was initially charged with first-degree murder but pleaded no contest in April to second-degree murder and felony child abuse.

The son, who has been identified only by a set of initials, died March 5 at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

The sentence imposed by Brown County District Judge Jim Patton requires Davis to register as a violent offender for 15 years after completing his prison term.

A woman who lived with Davis at the time of the killing faces a September hearing on multiple charges, including aiding and abetting second-degree murder.


  • SICK

    You have got to be kidding me!! The maximum for beating to death your own son is 20 years? WOW!! That’s insanity right there!

    • Justice

      Well if you think about it, he will be almost 50 when he gets out if he stays out of trouble and he will have no chance of ever doing anything with his life. He will not be capable of functioning in society and will be 20 years behind on almost everything. I think it is probably worse than a death sentence to get multi-decade prison sentences. Constant misery is worse than death, especially if he has to explain what he has done.

  • chris

    seems to me you get more prison time for killing an animal such as a cat or dog then you would for killing a human

  • BB

    Sick dude! He needs the chair. Don’t need people like him around.

  • inkslinger

    i think that if you hurt an animal, you should get the same punishment as if you hurt a human, but im sure most of you would disagree