Man Gets Life in Prison for Daughter's Death

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- A Grand Rapids man convicted in the fatal beating of his 2-year-daughter has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Deshawn Threats on Tuesday was given the mandatory term for first-degree murder. He didn't make a statement in court. He earlier was convicted by a jury in Kent County Circuit Court in Grand Rapids.

A medical examiner found that Zaeyana Driggs-Threats died in August of blunt force to the abdomen. She also had bruises all over her body.

The Grand Rapids Press reports ( ) Threats smiled and shook his head during the hearing as Darci Driggs, the child's mother, called him a monster and sociopath.

Defense attorney Richard Hillary has said Threats was targeted by investigators because of his prior convictions for domestic violence.