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Dad, Stepmom Get Lengthy Prison Sentences in Child's Death

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Posted at 5:21 AM, Apr 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-08 05:21:00-04

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Jacksonville father and stepmother have received lengthy prison sentences in the beating death of his 4-year-old daughter.

Media outlets report a judge sentenced 32-year-old John Ross Norfleet on Thursday to life in prison plus 30 years for the January 2015 death of Jada Norfleet.

The girl's stepmother, 34-year-old Shavonn Chanyell Norfleet, received 60 years in prison. Neither will be eligible for parole.

Prosecutors say John and Shavonn Norfleet disciplined the child by hitting her with a piece of lumber.

John Norfleet, who was a former high school teacher, was convicted last month on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter of a small child and aggravated child abuse.

Shavonn Norfleet was convicted of aggravated manslaughter of a child and aggravated child abuse.