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Rocky Mount man sentenced to 40 years for murder of infant

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3-month-ol Jamarion Holland was killed by his mother's boyfriend, Xavier Craighead. 3-month-ol Jamarion Holland was killed by his mother's boyfriend, Xavier Craighead.
Craighead was sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing his girlfriend's baby. (mugshot courtesy Western VA Regional Jail) Craighead was sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing his girlfriend's baby. (mugshot courtesy Western VA Regional Jail)
ROCKY MOUNT (WSLS) - A Rocky Mount man was sentenced Tuesday to four decades in prison for the second-degree-murder of an infant.

Xavier Craighead plead guilty in April to the death of three-month-old Jamarion Holland. Craighead was dating the baby's mother at the time.

The judicial guidelines say the suggested maximum sentence is 21 years and 7 months. However, the Franklin County judge said what he did to the child was unspeakable.

Craighead will serve thirty years in year with the other ten years suspended.

Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen said Craighead confessed to slamming the baby on the floor and then picking him up by the arm and the leg and throwing him in his crib.

"The child had been struck so hard on the head, it caused a lot of bleeding on the interior of the skull, and caused pressure to mount up on the brain," Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen said.

Craighead said the baby was crying. He also said he was mad at child's mother and high on cocaine.

The baby's mother says she left her son, Ja'marion Holland, in his care for about 45 minutes while she went to Walmart. She says when she came back the baby was unconscious. The medical examiners report revealed the child had previous injuries.



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