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Man pleads no contest to murder of infant

By Bethany Knipp

A 20-year-old Ogden man pleaded no contest to second-degree murder Monday in Riley County court.

Michael Dechant, who is accused of killing his girlfriend’s infant son in March, entered his plea in front of Judge David Stutzman at a pre-trial hearing.

Dechant reportedly told Riley County police that he had shaken 6-month-old Dominick Lubrano when the baby started fussing while Dechant was watching him on March 15.

The baby died three days later from complications caused by head trauma, according to medical specialists’ testimony.

In August, Dechant pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and child abuse.

Dechant faces a minimum prison sentence of 109 months, and a maximum sentence of 493 months, or 9 to 41 years.

Sentencing will be 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9.

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