Man sentenced for beating stepson

Casper, Wy – A judge has sentenced a Thayne man to serve up to 18 years in prison in the beating death two years ago of his stepson.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that District Court Judge
Jeffrey A. Donnell sentenced Cody Roberts on Wednesday.
Authorities say Roberts told investigators that he
unintentionally killed his 6-year-old stepson Ethan Jonathan
Alberts in August 2007 by punching the boy.
Roberts entered an "Alford plea" to charges of aggravated
assault and manslaughter earlier this year. The plea means that he
didn't admit the crimes, but acknowledged that there's enough
evidence to convict him.