2009-10-29 / Local & State

Man Gets 17 To 52 Years In Pa. Boy’s Beating Death

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) – A central Pennsylvania man apologized as he was sentenced to 17 to 52 years in the beating death of his girlfriend’s young son last year.

Twenty-one-year-old Fabian Peterkin pleaded guilty in Lycoming County Court in August to third-degree murder, endangering the welfare of a child and simple assault in the April 2008 death of 18-month-old Marquise Hanible. Prosecutors said he also beat the woman and another child in the Williamsport home.

Peterkin said Thursday he had the boy’s name and “R.I.P.’’ tattooed on his face under his left eye as constant reminder of the child and his actions. Chief County Public Defender William Miele said his client immediately called for help.

But District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt said that three months after the boy’s death, Peterkin was charged in Philadelphia with robbery and aggravated assault.

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