A Granville man who was serving a life sentence in state prison for the murder of his 2-year-old son died in state prison on Sunday.
David J. Pope Sr., 67, died of natural causes in Sing Sing Correctional Facility, according to the state Department of Correctional Services.
Pope had been in state prison since 1995 for the 1972 beating death of his 2-year-old son, Howard "Hodgie" White in the family's Granville home.
The boy's death was initially attributed to "natural causes," but the investigation was re-opened in 1994, as State Police developed information he had been killed.
His body was exhumed and a subsequent autopsy found the toddler was the victim of a homicide.
Pope was convicted of second-degree murder during a 1995 trial, a trial that exposed a catastrophic failure of the child welfare system in Washington County at the time.
Acting County Judge G. Thomas Moynihan Jr. sentenced him to the maximum prison term of 25-years-to-life, a conviction and sentence that withstood a number of appeals, including one as recently as 2007.