19-year-old Kentucky man gets 8 years for breaking son’s leg

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PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) – A 19-year-old Kentucky man charged with injuring his infant son has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to first-degree criminal abuse of a child less than 12 years old.

The Paducah Sun reports Kelton Ragan apologized Monday for breaking his then-3-month-old son’s leg, calling the injury a “freak accident.” McCracken Circuit Judge Tim Kaltenbach imposed the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office’s recommended sentence. Ragan will be eligible for parole after serving 20 percent of his sentence.

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Ragan’s grandfather, Keith Ragan, spoke for the defendant, saying his grandson hadn’t meant to hurt the boy and lashing out at local media coverage, which he felt jeopardized a chance at a fair trial.

Kaltenbach said the sentence was justified, given the severity of the child’s injury.