Appeal denied for father convicted of killing son

An Indiana court has denied the appeal of a South Bend father convicted of brutally killing his young son.

Back in May of 2012, 37-year-old Terry Sturgis was found guilty of murdering his 10-year-old child, Tramelle.

A jury also found him guilty of several counts of battery, neglect and criminal confinement for his treatment of his two other sons.

Thursday, more than year later, the Indiana Court of Appeals rejected Sturgis' argument that he didn't know repeatedly beating and burning his son would result in the boy's death.

He argued that prosecutors didn't prove that he, quote, "knowingly and intentionally," killed another person, as required by Indiana’s murder statute.

However, the appeals court declined to reduce Sturgis' 140-year sentence for Tramelle's 2011 murder.

In a unanimous opinion, the court said it could not believe Sturgis' assertion that he was unaware that severely beating Tramelle was likely to kill him.


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