ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A dad indicted on charges he shot his infant daughter in the head after accusing the girl’s mother of seeing another man was sentenced Thursday to 36 years in prison as part of a plea deal.
Christopher Rains agreed to plead guilty to child abuse resulting in death, in exchange for prosecutors dropping first-degree murder and other charges that could have landed him in prison for much longer.
Police said Rains, who was 22 at the time, pointed a pistol at the 9-month-old baby’s head and pulled the trigger after an argument with then-18-year-old Ashley Trujillo in 2009.
Rains then allegedly asked Trujillo whether her seeing another man was worth it, according to authorities. He was indicted on nine felony counts, including first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.
KOAT-TV reports that the family members of the infant, whose name was Trinity, were emotional after Rains entered his plea. The station said the child’s mother, grandmother and uncle spoke out against Rains at the hearing.
“You robbed me of everything I ever loved,” Trujillo said. “How dare you?”
Rains later expressed remorse.
“I know what I did was rottenly horrible. I have no excuse,” he said. “There isn’t a day (that) goes by I don’t think about this. I deserve way more than I got today.”