Acadiana crime, fire news: Opelousas man guilty in death of 2-year-old _lowres

Dominque Jackson

An Opelousas man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison in the December 2011 death of 2-year-old Derrion Sam.

Dominique Jackson, 24, was sentenced in 27th Judicial District Court by Judge James Doherty about a month after a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder in the toddler’s death.

Jackson was convicted of hurting the child while baby-sitting him for the child’s mother, 23-year-old Latricia Hunt, who is Jackson’s former girlfriend.

Hunt is awaiting trial on second-degree cruelty to a juvenile in the case and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

The child died at Opelousas General Hospital on Dec. 19, 2011, a day after he had been in Jackson’s care. The coroner ruled Sam died of blunt force trauma, with his autopsy revealing evidence of previous rib fractures and abdominal damage.