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Man gets 80 years for death of son he kept in cage

Updated: January 11, 2013 2:24PM

Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell sentenced Riley Choate to 80 years in prison for neglect in the death of his 13-year-old son and for being an habitual offender.

Choate apologized for his actions and said he loved his son, Christian, who died April 2, 2009, the Post-Tribune is reporting.

Deputy prosecutor Michael Woods said Choate turned on his own son “not just in a moment of anger but in a lengthy, perpetual, cruel and depraved fashion.”

The child was confined in a dog cage, beaten and fed minimal amounts of food. At the time of his death, Christian weighed 58 pounds and wore size six clothes.

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