Boyfriend of woman convicted in son’s murder pleads guilty to several charges

Published: Aug. 24, 2021 at 2:33 PM EDT
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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WXIX) - The boyfriend of a Middletown mother convicted of murdering her son pleaded guilty to four charges in connection with the case.

James Hamilton pleaded guilty to kidnapping, two counts of endangering children, and gross abuse of a corpse in connection with the case of 6-year-old James Hutchinson.

Tuesday’s court proceedings went similar to Monday’s before it was halted.

James Hamilton was in the process of pleading guilty to the same charges when the hearing was interrupted due to some confusion.

Judge Noah Powers wanted to give James Hamilton time to fully understand what was happening.

When the hearing resumed Tuesday, the judge went through elements of each charge and the possible punishments that could follow.

James Hamilton stood before the judge, answering “yes” when asked if he understood what was being explained.

James Hamilton will be sentenced on Oct. 4, the judge announced. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

James Hamilton, 43, was indicted earlier this year on a multi-count indictment with Brittany Gosney, the mother of James.

Gosney, 29, admitted last week she murdered her youngest child, James.

Hamilton is Gosney’s boyfriend, according to court documents obtained early in the investigation.

A woman, Priscilla Hamilton, claims to be the wife of more than 17 years of James Hamilton.

She said James Hamilton is not the monster everyone is making him out to be.

“He’s not the monster everyone is making him out to be, he’s really not,” Priscilla said Tuesday outside the courtroom. “You all can believe me. You know like I said, I’ve lived with him, and I’ve been with him for 17 1/2 years. I know this man.”

>> 7 months later: Where the search for James Hutchinson’s body stands

Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser has a different view of James Hamilton.

“When he threw [James Hutchinson’s] body in the Ohio River, that is the act of a calculated monster,” Gmoser stated. “To hold that body in a room for hours on end, in a cold room so it wouldn’t decompose, and they could think through what they were going to do and how would they dispose of that body. Tying him up to a brick, driving miles to the Ohio River and throwing his body in. That’s not monstrous conduct? I beg to differ with them.”

The body of the 6-year-old boy still has not been found despite multiple searches in the Ohio River.

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