Jury finds West Michigan man guilty of first-degree murder in death of 2-month-old son

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MUSKEGON, Michigan — A West Michigan man has been convicted in the death of his 2-month-old son.

A jury on Thursday found 41-year-old Anthony Casanova guilty of first-degree murder in Muskegon County Circuit Court. The Muskegon Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1puCYuh) that he faces life without the chance for parole in the killing of 10-week-old Tyler in January 2013.

Casanova said in a police interview that he bounced the baby head-first on an air mattress and twice squeezed him until he stopped breathing. He originally said he fell on Tyler after tripping over his dog, which a coroner said wasn't consistent with the child's injuries.

Prosecutor D.J. Hilson says he's pleased "Tyler got the justice he so deserved."

Defense attorney Fred Johnson said Casanova will appeal the verdict.

He faces sentencing on Oct. 27.

Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, http://www.mlive.com/muskegon

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