QUEENSBURY -- Brandon Warrington tearfully maintained his innocence Thursday as Warren County Judge John Hall sentenced him to the maximum of 25 years to life in state prison for killing his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son.
Warrington wore a green-and-white striped jail jumpsuit, the color signifying an inmate being held in protective custody.
He told Hall he was “innocent” and “I haven’t done anything wrong,” sobbing as he spoke.
Hall, though, told him he had “no credibility” and blasted him as “cold and calculating” before imposing the maximum term for second-degree murder.
Warrington heard a victim’s impact statement from Gary Carpenter II, the father of 5-year-old victim Gary Carpenter III, and the child’s paternal grandmother, Jessie Carpenter. They both asked for the maximum sentence, as did Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan.
Gary Carpenter II said he hoped Warrington suffers in prison.
“No true man hurts a kid for any reason,” he said.
The grandmother recounted her times with the boy and how they will never see sunrise or sunset together again.
“I will never forgive or forget what Gary went through at his hands,” Jessie Carpenter said. “Brandon took my heart with his actions.”
Hogan said Warrington is a “master of minimization” with “absolutely no moral conscience.” After Wednesday’s hearing, she called him a “psychopath” who deflected blame for sexual abuse of the boy on an acquaintance.
Defense lawyer Garfield Raymond has said the conviction will be appealed and he believes there was insufficient evidence for the murder charge.
“I do not believe the facts of this case will substantiate a depraved indifference (murder) conviction,” he said.
He and Warrington have blamed the boy’s mother, Jennie Mattison, for the child’s injuries. Raymond on Wednesday called her a “liar.”
After the hearing, Gary Carpenter II said he has been writing to friends in jail to tell them to look for Warrington. Carpenter II has been in jail numerous times.
“He’s going to get justice the way I feel justice should be served,” Carpenter said. “He’ll be seeing my boys around. He’s not going to get out of (a prison) reception.”
Warrington was convicted June 11 of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for causing the child’s injuries last November at the Glens Falls apartment they shared with Mattison.
He was not accused of intentionally killing the boy but caused his death by acting with “depraved indifference to human life” when slamming his head into a shower stall, a wall and floor. He testified Mattison was responsible for the injuries.
Warrington, 25, of Glens Falls, will be eligible for parole in November 2037.
Mattison, 24, pleaded guilty to felony hindering prosecution for lying to police to cover for Warrington when the two were questioned Nov. 15, as the boy clung to life. She testified against him at trial.
She is to be sentenced by Hall on Wednesday and faces up to 1-1/3 to 4 years in state prison.
She was not in court Thursday as she remains in Warren County Jail pending sentencing.
Gary Carpenter II said he and his fellow “Juggalos” — the name of a group that follows the rock/rap band Insane Clown Posse — will make sure Mattison is held accountable as well, though he did not say how.
“She may get out in a couple of years, but she’s going to have to come home and deal with me,” he said.