BOISE — Attorneys for Jordan Everhart, 22, had sought to have him eligible for parole after 10 years in prison. Prosecutors asked for at least 30 years before parole is an option.
An Ada County jury found Everhart guilty of first-degree murder after a two-week trial in November, concluding he beat his girlfriend's 18-month-old daughter to death in 2011.
Judge Patrick Owen sentenced the Garden City man Monday to serve at least 20 years in prison. He could be behind bars for life. Owen gave Everhart credit for time served.
Ada County prosecutors had told the jury that 18-month-old Alaija Corbin had fresh injuries to her feet, ankles and shins on Oct. 7, 2011 the same night she suffered a fatal head wound.
They also said the toddler was shaken with such force that she had fresh tissue damage under her arms.
Prosecutors said all of the injuries were caused by Everhart as he watched the toddler that night while her mother worked a double shift. Everhart was angry because the little girl wouldnt go to sleep, prosecutors said, and he wanted to play Xbox.
Paramedics found the toddler unconscious and dressed in only a diaper on the floor of a trailer home in the 300 block of East 40th Street about 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 8, 2011.
When asked by a firefighter what happened, Everhart said the child fell backward and hit her head. He had told 911 dispatchers that a dog knocked down the little girl, Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Jill Longhurst said at a previous hearing.
Paramedics took Alaija to St. Lukes Boise Medical Center, where she died.