Abbeville Man Takes Deal In Toddler’s Death
An Abbeville man will be seeing the inside of a prison cell for a long time. That after he made a plea deal to avoid a life sentence. 26-year-old Efrem O'gwin received 35 years in prison for the June 2011 death of his girlfriend's 18-month-old son, Allen Jasmine.
Under an agreement with prosecutors, O'gwin was able to amend the original charge of second-degree murder so that he would be able to plead guilty without actually admitting guilt.
Also, because this would have been O'gwin's third felony conviction, he was facing life in prison if he had been convicted of the original, unamended charge.
All of this stems from an incident where officials say O'gwin stomped and kicked the child in June of 2011 because he was angry when he had to change the child's diaper. The child eventually died from the beating, due to internal bleeding.