ADA — Lesley Dean Robinson openly cried in court as he waited his turn before Judge Thomas Landrith. Arrested for child abuse of his infant son, Robinson, 28, Ada, conferred with attorney Robert Gray to work out a no-contest plea to all charges. The judge sentenced Robinson to serve 20 years in prison with 10 years suspended, to run concurrent with 3.5 years for the charge of attempting to utter a forged instrument, and 3.5 years of a revoked probation.

Landrith asked Robinson if he wanted to be transported to the correctional facility as soon as possible or remain for a time at the county jail where he has spent the last seven months. Robinson sobbed that he wanted to visit his very ill grandmother in a Tishomingo nursing home before going to Lexington Correctional Center. Judge Landrith agreed to allow the visit with the understanding Pontotoc County Sheriff Pete Peterson would also agree to make arrangements to transport him.

Robinson’s 4-month-old son Nicholas was taken to Valley View Hospital in October 2005 where he was determined to be suffering from trauma resulting in concussion to both sides of the head as well as injuries to the ribcage, according to Dr. Ruth Ann Weesner. Investigation of the injuries revealed them not to be consistent with statements Robinson made about the baby falling off a bed. Robinson’s girlfriend, Andrea Soward, reported she was in Tishomingo that night.