A Fall River man, John Almond, has been sentenced to life in prison for causing the death of his 14-year-old autistic son, David Almond, over two years ago, as reported by WPRI. Almond pleaded guilty to charges related to the incident that took place in October 2020, when the emaciated teenager was found unresponsive and covered in vomit. David and his twin brother Michael lived with six people in a one-bedroom apartment that was in a deplorable condition, according to an officer who responded to the scene. Prosecutors compared the squalor to Auschwitz. More than 1,000 bags of fentanyl and heroin were found inside the apartment, and it was later discovered that both David and Michael had fentanyl in their systems. Almond and his girlfriend Jaclyn Coleman were initially charged with second-degree murder and neglect of a disabled person resulting in serious bodily injury, to which they initially pleaded not guilty. Almond will be eligible for parole in 20 years. Coleman’s trial is set for June. A scathing report by the Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate concluded that David’s death was the result of “multi-system failure exacerbated by the pandemic”.

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