A jury deliberated less than an hour Tuesday before sentencing convicted child killer Samson Loynachan to life in prison in the death of his fiancee’s 2-year-old daughter.
The child’s mother, Nicole Robinson, is expected to address her former boyfriend in the courtroom after sentencing.
Little Chloe Robinson died in August 2010 from a severe blow to the head that caused bleeding on the brain.
Loynachan, 32, of Fort Worth, testified in his own defense that the injury must have occurred when he struck the child in the head with the arm rest of his vehicle. He said he was trying to cheer the child up after he picked her up sick from daycare, and said he didn’t realize the arm rest had a heavy metal core.
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Prosecutor Eric Nickols termed Loynachan’s story "garbage."
"We all know that didn’t cause Chloe’s death," Nickols told jurors. "He picks on things and people that are weaker than he is. He’s angry, he’s violent, he’s a liar. He’s a murderer."
Defense attorney Fred Cummings had asked for a lesser sentence, telling jurors that Loynachan tried to do what was right for his kids and his girlfriend’s daughters.
"He has been a responsible citizen up to this point in his life," Cummings said, pointing out that Loynachan had served 10 years in the U.S. Navy, including a stint in Iraq where he injured his back.
"He tried to be a responsible family man," Cummings said. "He didn’t have any idea that the arm rest was going to be heavy enough ... to cause Chloe’s death."
The jury convicted Loynachan this week of a reduced charge of murder. Prosecutor Nickols and Alana Minton had sought a conviction of capital murder.