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Father gets 80 years in starvation death

– A northwest Indiana man whose son died in 2009 after he was starved, beaten and kept in a dog cage has been sentenced to 80 years in prison.

The Post-Tribune reports Riley Choate, 40, of Hammond was sentenced in Lake Criminal Court on Friday, about a month after he pleaded guilty to felony neglect and other charges related to the death of Christian Choate. The boy’s body was found in a shallow grave at a Gary mobile home park.

In return for the guilty pleas, prosecutors dropped charges of murder, battery, criminal confinement and obstruction of justice.