Man gets 29 yrs in killing of stepdaughter

April 3, 2008 1:59:25 PM PDT
A man has been sentenced to a maximum of 29 years in prison in the shocking death of his 7-year-old daughter. Cesar Rodriguez was convicted of manslaughter and other counts last month in connection with the death of 7-year-old Nixzmary (NIX-mair-ee) Brown. She was bound to a chair, starved and forced to urinate in a litter box before she was killed.

The 29-year-old Rodriguez told the court Thursday that he loved Nixzmary and that he was accused of something he didn't do.

He received the maximum 25 years on manslaughter, and four more years for the lesser counts.