Man Gets Life Without Parole for Killing Son for Insurance

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man convicted of murdering his 15-month-old-son to collect on life insurance has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Joaquin Rams of Manassas was convicted earlier this year in the 2012 death of his son Prince.

Rams had taken out more than $500,000 in life insurance on Prince in the months before his death. The boy died during an unsupervised visit ordered by a Maryland judge over the objections of Prince’s mother, who said she feared for her child’s safety.

Prosecutors also believe Rams is responsible for the deaths of his ex-girlfriend and his mother.

During Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, Rams looked away while Prince’s mother and maternal grandparents testified about the impact of the boy’s slaying.

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