|Father gets probation in shaken baby case|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Dec. 16, 2005 -- A Hopkins County jury Thursday afternoon found Amine Siraj, 23, guilty of injuring his 3-month-old son, Stephen, in September 2004 and sentenced him to serve nine years on probation.The jury was given the option of probation or five to 99 years or life in prison, the punishment for a first-degree felony offense.
�Leslie Glover, Siraj's former fiance and mother of the injured child, expressed extreme disappointment with the sentence during a brief telephone conversation today.
"I am absolutely disgusted with the jury and opinion of Hopkins County, and I don't think this is justice," Glover said Friday morning regarding the decision announced after 9 p.m. Thursday in the Eighth Judicial District Court.
Glover told the News-Telegram she does not believe the sentence was appropriate, based on Siraj's criminal history, which included misdemeanor charges.
Siraj has no prior felony convictions, however, which made him eligible for probation.
Siraj was not released from jail Friday. He is awaiting transport to Franklin County, where he has at least one criminal charge pending, according to jail reports.
Attorneys could not be reached for comment Friday morning.