Mesa man gets 18-year term in beating death of girlfriend's son

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PHOENIX -- A Mesa man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for fatally beating his live-in girlfriend's 4-year-old son after the boy had soiled himself.
Jorge Alberto Busso Jr., 26, had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and attempted child abuse in the December 2010 death.

Busso's plea agreement called for a prison sentence ranging from 17 to 20 years.

According to an investigation by Mesa police, Busso got angry when he discovered the boy had soiled himself. They said Busso admitted striking the boy with his hands and a belt. He told police that he forcefully pushed the child into a corner multiple times, causing his head to hit the wall repeatedly.

Busso then left the room for about 30 minutes and returned to find the child lying on the floor unresponsive and limp. He placed the boy on a bed and left him for an unknown period of time without medical attention.

When the boy's mother returned from work later that day, she took him to a hospital. He later died from his injuries.

"Despite his attempt to mislead police and conceal his actions, this defendant has been held accountable and will pay for his crime," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. "There is simply no excuse for the brutality he inflicted on this innocent child, and no punishment that can ever replace the life that was taken as a result of his actions," he added.

Busso will not be eligible for early release under any circumstances and will be placed on lifetime probation following his release, according to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.