By Michael Pagels – Little Apple Post: After three and a half hours of deliberation at the Riley County Court House, the jury declared a verdict in the case of Antonio Brown Sr. vs State of Kansas.
Brown was found guilty of first degree murder, two counts of abuse of a child, and one count of obstruction of justice.
The state prosecution also sought to extend the severity of the punishment for the two counts of child abuse due to aggravating factors in the case. The state submitted that the aggravating factors of the case were due to the age of Clayden during the abuse, the severity and extent of the injuries to Clayden, the fact that Clayden and Brown were in a fiduciary relationship, and the fact that Brown failed to render aid to Clayden after Brown was aware of Clayden’s injuries.
The defense explained to the jury during her closing arguments that the aggravated factors would increase the punishment for Brown’s sentencing. She submitted that the fail to render aid should not be considered in the factor, due to Bown and Betzold’s inexperience as parents and ignorance.
After 15 minutes of deliberation the jury unanimously concluded that there were aggravated factors in the two counts of abuse of a child. The sentencing date for Antonio Brown Sr. October 25th at 10:00 a.m. In Saline County.