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Decades in prison for murder of girl in Northumberland County

Jahrid Burgess was sentenced Tuesday morning for the death of 3-year-old Arabella Parker.

SUNBURY, Pa. — A man found guilty in the brutal beating death of his girlfriend's little girl has been sentenced in Northumberland County.

Jahrid Burgess will spend 24 to 50 years in prison.

Investigators say Burgess beat 3-year-old Arabella Parker at a home in Treverton in 2019. The child died after spending more than a month in the hospital.

In November, a jury found him guilty of the most serious charges, including third-degree murder.

Burgess spoke at his sentencing, saying people make mistakes on a daily basis. He said, "My intentions were never to fail you. I take 100% accountability for your death."

Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Matulewicz asked for the maximum sentence and told the judge, "this was the most egregious offense I've seen in my six years as district attorney."

"She got some justice, and hopefully, she can rest in peace now," said Tyrone Kegler, Arabella's uncle. "I had doubts about the justice system, and it made me feel a little bit better today."

"It was all about her," Kegler added. "We still miss her, and we'd rather have her than have this, but I guess this will have to do for now."

Samantha Delcamp, Arabella's mother, is also charged with the case and is awaiting trial.

Burgess' mother, Christy Willis, was found guilty in April for lying to investigators about the abuse. She was sentenced to up to 17 years in prison.

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