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Eden man sentenced to 13 years in prison for killing girlfriend’s 5-month-old baby

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Steven Shockley, 35 (Greensboro News & Record)

WENTWORTH, N.C. — A Superior Court judge strongly chastised an Eden man on Tuesday as he sentenced him to a maximum of 13 years and four months in prison for killing a 5-month-old baby.

“I’m very hesitant to accept this plea,” said Judge David Hall. “The punishment should match the crime, but this punishment does not match the crime.”

Steven Shockley, 35, took an Alford plea to second-degree murder and felony child abuse in the death on June 2, 2012, of Dagan Gammon, the son of Shockley’s girlfriend.

An Alford plea means the defendant is not admitting guilt but feels it’s in his best interest to take the plea.

Hall shook his head as he viewed a photo of the infant and read the baby’s autopsy report.

“One is either evil or severely mentally ill to do this to a child,” he said.

Read more: Greensboro News & Record