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Update: Jury recommends 40 years for man found guilty in death of girlfriend’s child

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Posted at 2:27 PM, Mar 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-09 17:12:57-04

Update: A man who was convicted of killing his girlfriend's 19-month old baby learned his punishment.

Today a jury recommended 40 years in prison for Alvin Gatewood.

Virginia Beach, Va. - A Circuit Court has deliberated and found 31-year-old Alvin D. Gatewood guilty of second degree murder, child abuse, and neglect in the death of his girlfriend's 19-month-old daughter, officials tell NewsChannel 3.

In November of 2011, the 19-month-old died from blunt force trauma to his abdomen and head after a series of beatings.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.

The toddler’s mother, 22-year-old Shanique Jones, faces the same charges - as well as child-endangerment - and is due for trial in May.