DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Capital murder suspect Orlandos Deloney accepted a plea bargaining deal from prosecutors Thursday afternoon and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter in Morgan County Circuit Court.
Deloney was charged with the January 2013 death of his live-in girlfriend’s infant son, Toby Coffey.
Deloney told investigators the child’s mother was at Decatur Morgan Hospital with one of her other children when he says he kicked the 8-month old boy off the bed because he wouldn’t stop crying. The child became unresponsive and was rushed to Decatur Morgan Hospital where he later died from internal injuries.
Deloney has been held in the Morgan County jail without bail since his arrest more than a year ago.
Judge Steven Haddock granted a motion from prosecutors that Deloney be sentenced under Alabama’s Habitual Felony Offender Statute, and accepted the state’s request that he be sentenced to 25 years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea to the reduced charge. Had he been tried for capital murder, Deloney could have faced a possible sentence of life in prison without parole, or even death.
When asked if he had anything he wanted to say, Deloney told the court, “I’m sorry for the situation that occurred. Anyone knows, what I’m charged with is not even me but I take responsibility for what I do.” Deloney added, “I wish his mother and father was here, I just wanted to say I’m truly sorry.”
Deloney still faces a burglary charge in Limestone County.