WOODBINE, Ga. - A judge sentenced a former Kings Bay sailor to three years in prison for the death of his 11-week-old son, who suffocated while the man played an online video game.
Andrew Warner, 29, read a statement saying no sentence imposed by the court could equal the pain of losing his son, Brandin, who died Jan. 16, 2009, while Warner baby-sat him at the family's Kingsland home. Saying the Navy discharged him because of his conviction in his son's death, Warner asked for probation.
Noting he's been separated from his wife, Kristy, and their other children because of his arrest, Warner said they need him with them and not in prison.
"I have had to live with it every day over and over ... I feel remorse not just for doing something wrong but for putting my family through this," Warner read. "I know I can't get my son back, but since I can't get him back, please don't take them away, too."
Under cross-examination, Warner said he "believed that law enforcement was responsible" for a Camden County jury convicting him March 31 of involuntary manslaughter and three other charges in Brandin's death.
As he pronounced sentence, Superior Court Judge Anthony Harrison told Warner that he understands "you have suffered the loss of a child, the loss of your family and the loss of your job."
"But what bothers me, Mr. Warner, is you don't accept full responsibility for the death of your son despite the fact the jury found you guilty," Harrison said.
The judge also forbade Warner from owning or playing any online games or home video gaming systems while on probation.