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25 years to life for child killer
QUEENSBURY -- 25 years to life for a child killer from Glens Falls. Brandon Warrington killed his girlfriend's five year-old son last year. Thursday family and even the judge held nothing back.
Warrington will have a long time to think about this day. He cried in the courtroom, either thinking about the weight of his decisions, or his future. When asked if he wanted to make a statement before it was over, he simply denied having to do with the death of five year old Gary Carpenter III.
"I still say I'm innocent," Warrington said. "I haven't done anything wrong."
Prosecutors say Carpenter was abused so badly and for so long, but head injuries caused his death in November at Warrington's hands. Warrington blamed the boy's mother, his girlfriend, Jennie Mattison.
"He has absolutely no ability to admit what he did to this child," said Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan. "He has absolutely no conscience and no remorse."
While Carpenter's grandmother believes justice was delivered, she dos not think Mattison is blameless. She is in jail for hindering the prosecution.
"She's the one I really want to tell exactly how I feel about all of it because she was his mother," said Jessie Carpenter. "Yes this man played his part but she was his mother."
Carpenter's father, Gary Carpenter II, was collected while speaking to Warrington in front of the judge. "You have taken the only thing that has ever made me be a good person in any way that I could," he said.
Speaking of Mattison, his anger was apparent outside the courthouse.
"Nobody's going to let her walk," Carpenter II said. "Nobody. There's too many of us Juggalos around here for her to walk. That's the easiest way I can put it. Society looks at us as a gang and everything. We're a family. We stick up for our family."
Carpenter says he knows what it's like behind bars, too -- a warning for Warrington. "I'll be seeing you around, don't worry," he said. "You'll see me and my boys a lot quicker than you think. Prison has a different way of doing things than our justice system. That's the justice I want."
Warrington and Mattison had their own child together which is in protective custody. Mattison is scheduled for sentencing next week and could spend as many as four years in prison.