BAKERSFIELD, CA - A judge has sentenced a Bakersfield man in the 2011 beating of his girlfriend's son. Fernando Steven Gomez Lopez, 28, was given a term of 6 years in prison Tuesday morning. Lopez had pleaded no contest to one felony charge of child abuse last month. Two other felony charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal.
Investigators say the incident took place in June 2011 in the 3700 block of Q Street. Prosecutors say the boy who's now 8 has mental and physical deficits.
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