UPDATE May 31, 2017:
Tony Moreno, convicted of throwing his infant son off the Arrigoni Bridge in 2015, was sentenced Wednesday to 70 years in prison, the Hartford Courant reports.
Moreno, 23, is not eligible for parole. He was convicted by a jury on Feb. 22 of murder and risk of injury to a child. Murder is one of five crimes that automatically disqualify people for parole eligibility.
February 22, 2017:
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- (AP/WTIC) -- A Middletown man has been convicted of murder for killing his infant son by throwing the boy off a bridge.
A jury convicted 23-year-old Tony Moreno on Wednesday of killing 7-month-old Aaden in July 2015.
Police say Moreno threw Aaden off the 90-foot-high Arrigoni Bridge that spans the Connecticut River between Middletown and Portland. Moreno then jumped himself, but survived after spending several days in the hospital. The baby’s body was found 14 miles downstream two days later.
The Middletown man testified in his own defense, saying he dropped the child and did not intend to harm him.
Prosecutors say Moreno had a strained relationship with the boy’s mother, and sent her a text message saying the baby was dead.
Moreno faces up to 70 years in prison at sentencing.