Phoenix man sentenced to life in prison for killing son

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Nashawn Campbell By Jennifer Thomas Nashawn Campbell By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A man who pleaded guilty to killing his 5-year-old son was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday morning.

Police said Nashawn Campbell slit his son's throat and then tried to kill himself in June 2009 at the family's home near 15th and Fillmore streets in Phoenix.

Campbell's sister found him and his son, Troy, in a back bedroom. Their throats had been slashed. Troy died from his injuries, but Campbell survived.

According to court paperwork, Campbell's sister told investigators that he "had been depressed about losing his job." She also told police that Campbell had threatened to "'end it all and take Troy with him."

Campbell pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in October. As part of his plea agreement, he did not face the death penalty.

On Tuesday, a Superior Court judge sentenced Campbell to natural life in prison for first-degree murder.