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Theall pleads guilty in shooting death of infant son; admits drug use morning of
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The man who authorities say they witnessed shoot and kill his three-month old son in June has pleaded guilty to the crime.
Adam Theall tearfully pleaded to a charge of murder in Oneida County Court Thursday morning before a judge, Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara and his infant son's grandparents.
Sobbing uncontrollably, Theall told the court that he was upset about a breakup with the child's mother, Jaime, and had found out she was seeing another man.
Theall admitted that he had done cocaine, smoked marijuana, and had been drinking the morning of the incident.
Theall shot his three-month-old son, Eithen Theall, to death, in front of several police officers back in June outside his parents' Blossvale home. He then turned the gun toward law enforcement at the scene, at which time they then opened fire. Theall sustained 14-16 wounds that day, including several gunshot wounds.
In court on Thursday, Theall said that he placed the shotgun on the ground and then placed the baby on top of the shotgun before pulling the trigger, killing him. The same bullet that killed baby Eithen went through Theall's hand.
According to New York State Police, there were three kids total in the house at the time of the incident, including the baby who was killed. All of those children are less than 5 years old.
It is not the first time Theall has had a brush with the law. In 2005, Theall was found in violation of a Family Court order and for disorderly conduct. In 2008, he was charged with DWI, vehicular assault, and several vehicle and traffic violations, serving three months in jail for the charges. In 2009, he was charged with assault and in November 2009 was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and assault.
State Police Officials also said that they had been to the residence for domestic issues numerous times in the past, as well as to Theall's Rome residence for similar issues. Captain Francis Coots said they had responded to a domestic incident involving Theall as recently as four days prior to the June 22 shooting. Charges resulting from those calls went away as a result of Theall's plea to murder today.
While the customary time between a plea and a sentencing is six weeks, Theall asked the court if he could be sentenced sooner.
His sentencing is currently scheduled set for November 18, at which time he will face 25 years to life in prison.