FREEHOLD - A Monmouth County man who tossed his 2-year-old daughter into a creek while she was still strapped into her car seat has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Just before he was sentenced, Arthur Morgan III apologized to the child's mother for the deterioration of their relationship. "Truly and sincerely I am sorry for the outcome of what I always thought was a beautiful friendship between the two of us that blossomed into a family," he said.
Given the chance to explain his actions to Judge Anthony Mellaci Jr., Morgan complained that the media published photos that made him look inappropriately angry or happy.
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Morgan also said he was judged for wearing designer clothes. "Well I guess that's kind of ironic because that's my favorite fragrance - Guilty by Gucci."
Morgan was convicted of killing Tierra Morgan-Glover, whose body was pulled from a creek in a Wall Township park in November 2011.
Prosecutors say Morgan killed his daughter to get back at her mother, Imani Benton, for breaking off their engagement. They say he weighed down the toddler's pink car seat with a tire jack.
Benton also addressed the court. "I know I will never ever be able to live with this, but it does give me peace to know that she is in heaven with God," she said.
Defense lawyers had asked the jury to convict Morgan of reckless manslaughter, which could have seen him freed in as little as five years.
Prosecutors say they would have gone for the death penalty if it was available in New Jersey, calling Morgan the "poster boy" for the death penalty.