It's nineteen years in the pen for Emmanuel Aranda.

The Fargo Forum reports tis week a Hennepin County judge has sentenced the man who threw a boy from the Mall of America balcony to nineteen years in prison.

The judge handed down the sentence Monday, June 3, a few weeks after the defendant had pleaded guilty and agreed to a plea bargain.

The boy's parents were not present for the sentencing, but the prosecutor read a statement from the boy's father: ""Your act was evil and selfish, you chose to listen to the worst parts of yourself that day.

"You chose evil over good and chose to take your hate and hurt on my precious boy."

The defendant did not comment or offer an apology during the hearing, but his mother later told reporters that her son had a history of mental illness.

The boy, known in the press as "Landen," reportedly continues his recuperation.

[Source: Fargo Forum]

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