LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A Johnsburg man found guilty of causing the death of his infant daughter was sentenced on Wednesday.
Nicholas Jones will spend the next 25 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter.
It was very emotional as the child’s mother, Nicole Parker, struggled to hold back tears as she described the most terrifying days of her life — When she found her child limp in her arms, and when her baby was taken off life support at just 24-days-old.
Jones was crying as he listened to the mother of his child describe the pain he’s caused.
“There wasn’t a day in my life that went by that I thought I would ever have to make a victim impact statement on behalf of my daughter, Gabriella.” These are the compelling words from Parker at the sentencing of the man who killed her infant daughter.
Nicholas Jones, who is also the child’s father, is sentenced to 25 years in prison for the death of 24-day-old Gabriella.
Last week, Jones pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter, admitting he shook and threw the baby inside the Johnsburg home he shared with Parker, causing severe injuries.
Parker had been asleep at the time and woke up on March 28 to find her baby lifeless.
“It was the most terrifying day I’ve ever had,” Parker said. “Not longer after 5 a.m., I was woken up by Nicholas saying I needed to help him, that gabby wasn’t moving and she wasn’t breathing.”
Jones says he never intended to kill Gabriella, hoping one day he can be forgiven.
“A lot of your family accepted me and I will always be thankful for that,” said Tucker Stanclift, the attorney speaking on behalf of Jones. “I’m so very sorry for putting your family through all of this. I’m at a loss for words.”
Parker was shaking her head as she listened to Jones’ statement
He is sentenced to 25 years in prison followed by five years on parole. The Judge also issued an order of protection for the victim’s mother when Jones is released.