Man pleads guilty to 3rd-degree murder in toddler's 2011 death; now serving manslaughter term


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PHILADELPHIA — A man already serving time in the death of his girlfriend's toddler son in Philadelphia four years ago has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the case.

Jurors convicted 31-year-old Joseph Zysk of involuntary manslaughter a year ago but couldn't reach agreement on the murder count.

The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) reports that prosecutors were preparing for a retrial on that count when Zysk and his attorney announced a decision to plead guilty.

Judge J. Scott O'Keefe said Monday that he will impose sentence Thursday on Zysk, who is serving a five- to 10-year term imposed on the manslaughter count.

Prosecutors alleged that Zysk lost his temper and punched 3-year-old Jason Larkin Jr. repeatedly in January 2011 because the toddler was crying.

Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer,

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