FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who tossed his 2-year-old daughter into a creek while she was strapped into her car seat was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison.
Arthur Morgan III apologized in court Wednesday morning, but not for murdering his child.
Just before he was sentenced, Morgan apologized to the child’s mother for the deterioration of their friendship.
He was convicted of murder last month in the death of Tierra Morgan-Glover, whose body was pulled from a creek in a park near the Jersey shore in November 2011.
Prosecutors say Morgan killed his daughter, pictured below, to get back at her mother for breaking off their engagement. They say he weighed down the toddler’s pink car seat with a tire jack.
Defense lawyers had asked the jury to convict Morgan of reckless manslaughter, which could have seen him freed in as little as five years.
After he was found guilty, Morgan added to the outrage with courtroom antics, smiling as officers handcuffed and shackled him and winking at prosecutors as he was lead away.
It was scarcely different Wednesday.
Given the chance to explain his actions to Judge Anthony Mellaci Jr., Morgan complained that the media published photos that made him look inappropriately angry or happy. He also says he would not have worn designer clothing to court if he knew he would be criticized for it.