Father gets 25 to life for killing baby; boy found burned, broken

Father gets 25 to life for killing baby; boy found burned, broken

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A father has been sentenced for killing his 34-day-old boy, who died with untreated and infected third-degree burns, broken limbs and head injuries.

James Willis Johnson will serve 25 years to life in prison, and six years if he's paroled early. Johnson was convicted by a Kern County jury last month of second-degree murder.

Johnson was arrested along with the baby's mother, Denise Belmonte. She was sentenced in January under a plea agreement for voluntary manslaughter to 15 years in prison.

The baby died in 2010 in an apartment his parents shared on Idaho Street.