Waggaman man gets 40 years in prison in fatal beating of 14-year-old son

Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 12:41:37 AM. A Waggaman man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday for beating his 14-year-old son to death over the boy's failing grades.

A Waggaman man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday for beating his 14-year-old son to death over the boy's failing grades.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Stephen Grefer of 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna gave Furnell Daniel Sr. the maximum possible prison term. 

Daniel, 45, was convicted of manslaughter on Nov. 18. He was charged with second-degree murder, but a jury of eight women and four men found him guilty of the lesser charge.

Lionel Burns, Daniel's attorney, reiterated Monday that his client was overcharged, and that he was guilty of negligent homicide at most.

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Daniel was accused of beating his son Jalen with a board, fracturing the boy’s kneecap, patella, wrist, hand and skull. The boy had three contusions on his head, and the bleeding caused by the skull fracture began putting pressure on his brain.

Daniel didn’t call 911 until noon on the following day, even though the boy complained about the pain and woke up sweating and vomiting at 5 a.m. By noon he had gone into cardiac arrest and was barely breathing.

Medical witnesses for the prosecution said Jalen could have lived had he been taken to the hospital sooner.

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Grefer said he considered the boy's extensive injuries, the fact that it should have been evident he needed to be taken to a hospital.

He also denied Burns' request for a new trial. 

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