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Man sentenced for role in 6-year-old Middletown boy’s death

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 6:07 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2021 at 10:51 AM EDT
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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - The man who pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the death of a 6-year-old Middletown boy in February was sentenced to 15 to 19 years in prison.

James Hamilton, 42, pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping, endangering children, and gross abuse of a corpse.

He received eight to 12 years for kidnapping, six years for child endangering and one year for gross abuse of a corpse.

Hamilton will be eligible for parole after 15 years and is required to register as a violent offender. He gets 219 days of time served.

“I am terribly sorry about what happened to all three children,” he said in court. “It hurts when I think about what they all had to go through. I do have remorse for James and the family... I was not involved in his death. I hope they can find his remains so his family can have some peace.”

FOX19 NOW Legal Analyst Mike Allen talked about Hamilton’s sentencing and gave some:

The Hutchinson/Gosney family released the following statement Tuesday evening:

“Thank you everyone for all of the kind words during a time of travesty and need. We are happy that the Judge gave both Brittany Gosney and James Hamilton the full time allowed by law.

“This case has taken a major toll on the family, close friends, investigators, courts and so many around the world. James Hutchinson was a bright light that will continue to shine. James will never be forgotten. We will continue to speak about him as if he is still with us.

“We want to thank all of those who have shown up from balloon releases and memorial services. It has meant a lot to all of us to see how many people James’s heart touched. At this time we are asking that the general public please respect the wishes of the family to privacy as they now start the process of healing.”

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Brittany Gosney, 29, confessed to killing her son, James Hutchinson, on Feb. 28. She was sentenced to the maximum of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 21 years.

Hamilton told police Gosney’s three children were “acting up” and she needed to do something about them. Hamilton’s statement matches what Gosney said when she told investigators her boyfriend pressured her to get rid of the kids.

“I told her, ‘either you need to find somewhere to go with you and your disrespectful kids, or I’m leaving,’” Hamilton explained during police interview.

Gosney took the kids to a Preble County park with plans to abandon them. Hamilton told investigators that was something they had done before.

Hutchinson died that night at the park.

“She was supposed to take the kids up there give them a scare tactic,” Hamilton said. “Drop them off for a few minutes, then turn around and go get them because they were all acting up real bad.”

Gosney drove back home, where Hamilton was, with her son’s body and the other two kids.

According to Hamilton, Hutchinson was already dead when Gosney got back.

Hamilton and Gosney have each confessed that they took Hutchinson’s body and dumped him in the Ohio River.

The 6-year-old boy’s body still has not been found.

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