A western Ohio man has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for strangling his 3-year-old stepsister. Brian Scales, who turned 22 on Sunday, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder, aggravated murder and child endangering in the death of Tristan Carlton in February.

The toddler’s mother told police she found Carlton unresponsive after coming home from shopping. Medics attempted to revive the girl but were unsuccessful.

Insas Scales told her son at sentencing that she still loved him but “it was the devil that took ahold of you” the day Carlton died.

Brian Scales said it was a mistake what happened, but his mother told him “you don’t mistakenly murder somebody.”

ABC News

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