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Man who got life for murdering infant will be placed in solitary on anniversary of child's death

Posted at 2:58 PM, Apr 02, 2019

PORTAGE COUNTY, Ohio — A Windham man who pleaded guilty to aggravated murder for the death of a 1-year-old boy in October of 2018 was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. He was also ordered to be placed in solitary confinement every October 6, the date of the child’s death.

Nicholas Catazaro, who was 26 at the time of the incident, accepted a plea agreement on March 21, pleading guilty to aggravated murder.

On Tuesday, Catazaro was sentenced to life in prison with eligibility for parole after 25 years. He will receive credit for the 177 days he spent in Portage County Jail.

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, sheriff's deputies responded to the 9800 block of Bayberry Lane in Nelson Township for reports of a child not breathing.

The 1-year-old boy was given CPR and was taken to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to the sheriff's office.

Preliminary findings from an autopsy report conducted by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office showed the boy had a fractured skull.

A criminal complaint alleges Catazaro threw the boy against a wall, causing his death.

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