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Ohio County man sentenced to 20 years in prison for child's death


A jury has found Nathaniel Tucker guilty of manslaughter in the 2012 death of Jonathan Oakley, and they recommended 20 years in prison.  

They boy's mother made a plea deal in the case and is also awaiting sentencing.  

The family of Jonathan Oakley tells us they're glad to see this finally come to an end and that there is justice for the 4 year old. 

In 2012, the mother, Samantha Oakley, left her children in the care of Tucker one night. She came back after hearing her three year old broke a leg. Authorities say she left her kids again in Tucker's care and the abuse continued. The next day, Jonathan Oakley collapsed and died at the hospital. The jury recommended 20 years in prison for Tucker. and we're told that the judge isn't likely to lower that. Samantha Oakley agreed to 8 years in prison for failure to protect her child. The family says they are ready to move forward in the healing process and want to to thank the everyone involved in this case who helped bring justice to Jonathan. 

Tucker will face his final sentence on November 15 and Samantha Oakley will on January 3. 

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