Teen gets 10-year prison term in girl's death - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Teen gets 10-year prison term in girl's death

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A 15-year-old foster child was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the fatal beating of a 4-year-old girl.

A teary-eyed Jai Chandler apologized for the death of Tiffanie Johnson and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter Monday.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Brenda Burnham Unruh said it was possible Chandler could be released after serving a minimum of five years.

Defense attorney Jonathan Sinn said Chandler was unable to control his actions August 2002 when he punched and kicked the girl before throwing her to a concrete basement floor, killing her.

Chandler, who was 14 at the time, had been told to baby-sit her while his foster mother took a bath.

Once Chandler enters the prison system, he is to be segregated from adult inmates until he is 18. He would be the state's youngest prisoner in an adult institution, according to inmate records from April.

Sinn has said that Chandler has an explosive personality-anger management disorder as a result of a troubled upbringing in the foster care system.

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