Judge: Father convicted of killing daughter a ‘sadist’

May 16, 2018

Jorge DePina is sentenced Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in the beating death of his daughter, Aleida in Judge Vogel's courtroom in Providence, RI. (Sandor Bodo /Providence Journal via AP, Pool)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man convicted of killing his 10-year-old daughter was called a “sadist” and a “bully” by a judge who sentenced him to life in prison.

Jorge DePina was sentenced Wednesday in Providence after being found guilty of second-degree murder last month in the 2013 beating death of Aleida DePina. The jury acquitted the 37-year-old Pawtucket man of first-degree murder, determining that the killing was not pre-meditated.

An autopsy found the girl died of blunt trauma to her small intestine. The autopsy also found lash marks on her back, likely from a jump rope or severed electrical cords found in the apartment.

DePina’s attorneys had said she might have suffered her intestinal injury in a bike crash.

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