Ore. man guilty in wrestling death of 2-year-old

June 17, 2011 - 9:43 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A Medford, Ore., man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter in a brutal wrestling match.

Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Mejia found 30-year-old Benjamin James George guilty of murder by abuse and first-degree assault in the death of Kacy Sue Lunsford. The judge sentenced the former Marine on Thursday to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years for the murder charge.

The little girl was nearly 3 when she died on June 15, 2010, at a Portland hospital, five days after the assault.

Prosecutor David Hoppe said previous episodes of abuse ended in one night of "ultimate wrestling moves" by the 230-pound man that left the 30-pound child with collapsed lungs, a lacerated liver, internal bleeding and massive head wounds.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/