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Las Vegas man gets life for stepson's abuse death

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Markiece Palmer, seen in his 2012 booking photo, was found guilty on charges of child abuse and murder tied to the death of his 7-year-old stepson. (Source: LVMPD) Markiece Palmer, seen in his 2012 booking photo, was found guilty on charges of child abuse and murder tied to the death of his 7-year-old stepson. (Source: LVMPD)
Seven-year-old Roderick "R.J." Arrington Jr., seen in a photo provided by the boy's family. Seven-year-old Roderick "R.J." Arrington Jr., seen in a photo provided by the boy's family.
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

 A judge sentenced a 36-year-old man to life in prison without parole for his role in the beating death of his 7-year-old stepson nearly three years ago.

Markiece Palmer was found guilty last year of first-degree murder and child abuse in the November 2012 death of Roderick "R.J." Arrington Jr. 

According to Las Vegas Metro police, the boy was unresponsive and admitted to a local hospital. In documents, Markiece Palmer told police he struck Arrington with a belt before shaking him. Palmer told police the child ran down a flight of stairs, slipped and hit his head on a table before falling backwards on the floor.

However, the boy's mother, Dina Palmer, admitted to striking the boy for reasons including failure to complete homework and failure to read Bible passages.

The boy died on Nov. 30, 2012.

Dina Palmer took a plea deal to reduced charges of child abuse last year and was sentenced to 16 to 40 years in prison. She also agreed to testify against her husband in his trial.

Clark County Family Services fired a child abuse hotline employee after the incident, saying he did not properly respond to warnings of abuse just before R.J.'s death. The worker later won back his job.

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