Man sentenced to life for murdering four-year-old girl

James Emmanuel Robinson (Chatham County Sheriff's Office/WTGS background)

A Georgia man was sentenced to life without parole plus 80 years in the death of four-year-old Lalia Hawthorne, according to an indictment by the state of Georgia in the Superior Court of Chatham County on Monday.

Prosecutors say James Emmanuel Robinson killed Hawthorne after striking her in the abdomen, as stated in the indictment.

The murder happened in 2015. Robinson was indicted in April 2016.

Robinson is also charged with assault toward Nakeita Hawthorne after, according to the indictment, he hit her in the abdomen and also bit her.

He was charged with one count of malice murder, of which he was found not guilty. Robinson was found guilty of all other charges including: one count of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault and three counts of cruelty to children in the first degree, according to the indictment.

He received the following:

  • Count 2 (felony murder/aggravated assault): Life without parole
  • Count 5 (cruelty to children in the first degree): 20 years consecutive
  • Count 7 (aggravated assault): 20 years consecutive
  • Count 8 (cruelty to children in the first degree): 20 years consecutive
  • Count 9 (cruelty to children in the first degree): 20 years consecutive
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