Life without parole for Am. Fork man who shot, killed infant son

Oct 21 2013 - 5:36pm

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Joshua Petersen, left, is led into Judge Darold McDade's courtroom for sentencing in the Fourth District Court in Provo, Utah, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Petersen plead guilty last month to aggravated murder in the April 5 shooting death of his 5-month-old son, Ryker Petersen. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Steve Griffin, Pool)
Joshua Petersen, left, is led into Judge Darold McDade's courtroom for sentencing in the Fourth District Court in Provo, Utah, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Petersen plead guilty last month to aggravated murder in the April 5 shooting death of his 5-month-old son, Ryker Petersen. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Steve Griffin, Pool)

PROVO -- A 21-year-old American Fork man was sentenced Monday to life without a possibility of parole for killing his infant son in April.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Joshua Petersen received the maximum sentence after acknowledging to killing his 5-month-old son, Ryker.

Police say Petersen placed his son on a sofa and shot him in the head on April 5 in his home. Petersen then tried to kill himself before a family member intervened.

Petersen accepted a plea deal in September.

Investigators said Petersen plotted for a month to shoot his son. Members of his family said he suffered from lifelong depression.

Petersen's attorney says Petersen was not thinking clearly at the time of the shooting.

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