Man Sentenced to Maximum Sentence After Killing His 5-Year-Old Son

(KNOX CO.) –  Robert Baldwin was sentenced to the maximum 65 years in prison Friday in Knox Circuit Court. 

Robert Baldwin

Baldwin, 55, had pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the strangulation and suffocation death of his 5-year-old son Gabriel Baldwin on April 5, 2017.

Baldwin admitted to the murder, strangulation, and battery to a child under 14.

The judge sentenced Baldwin to the maximum sentence because of premeditation and Baldwin’s lack of remorse.

Baldwin told police e first tried to smother him with a pillow, and when that was not successful, he choked the 5-year-old using a USB cord. Baldwin reportedly told investigators that he then sat on the boy until he stopped breathing.