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Theall sentenced to 25 years to life for murder of infant son

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Harsh words in an Oneida County Courtroom on Thursday between the Rome man who admitted shooting and killing his three-month-old son, and the child's other family members.

Back in September, Adam Theall admitted being high on drugs when he killed his son, Eithen Theall, back in June at his parent's Blossvale home, in front of family members and several police officers.

Prosecutors say it was the latest, most desperate in a series of attempts to get even with the child's mother, who was trying to leave him because he physically abused her.

Several members of baby Eithen's family addressed the court, and Theall himself, Thursday at his sentencing.

"What you did to Eithen is so unbelievably evil and heartless, you don't even deserve to breathe....the coldest and darkest of abominations is what you are. There are no excuses, Adam, " said the child's great Uncle, Steven Baker.

Theall himself swore at the family and Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara on several occasions, telling the court "F*** you," and the D.A. "Kiss my a***."

As he was walked out of the courtroom, he turned to the baby's family and called them "scumbags," to which they replied "baby killer."

"They're probably gonna kill me anyway," said Theall of his anticipated lengthy prison sentence.

"To sit an infant child on the muzzle of a gun and pull the trigger at your mother's home makes you one that is beyond despicable, beyond salvation and beyond forgiveness," said the child's great Aunt Denise Sullivan.

The judge sentenced Theall to 25 years to life in state prison, and granted a permanent order of protection for the child's mother and his other son with her.

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