JOPLIN, MO.--- A Joplin man will spend more than two decades behind bars for the 2011 death of a toddler. Today a judge sentenced Eric Hicks, 30, to 25 years in prison for second degree murder charges. As part of his sentencing, Hicks must also give money to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund. He plead guilty back in October to killing 18-month-old Emjay Corn. Hicks, the boyfriend of child's mother, was taking care of the toddler at the time of the incident. An autopsy ruled Corn died of blunt force trauma to the head.
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