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Man who killed pregnant woman and unborn child is sentenced

October 29, 2021 GMT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield man has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of his pregnant girlfriend and her unborn child.

Derek Osborn was sentenced Friday in the March 2017 death of Valerie Williams and the unborn child. He was convicted in July of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault, KYTV reported.

Osborn told police that Williams fell backward onto a carpeted living room floor and hit her head when he took Mace away from her.

Prosecutors said Osborn killed Williams by slamming her head against something. During the trial, prosecutors also showed evidence that Osborn had a history of violence against Williams.