Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A Syracuse man who admitted he poured bleach into milk that his nephews later drank will spend the next two years in prison.
21-year-old Aaron Hickman, who pleaded guilty earlier this month, was sentenced Friday morning to a 2-year sentence followed by a year and a half parole.
Hickman had been living with his brother’s family – including his girlfriend and their 1 and 3-year-old sons - when he was told to leave after an argument the evening of May 23, 2012.
After being told to leave, Hickman poured liquid bleach into the children’s milk on his way out.
The following morning, the boys ingested the milk and became violently ill. They were taken to Upstate University Hospital with symptoms that included severe vomiting and diarrhea. They have recovered.
The District Attorney's office asked for a 5-year sentence, but because of Hickman’s record the judge sentenced him to 2 years.
Assistant District Attorney Cindi Newtown told NewsChannel 9, “The judge's reasoning was based on the lack of serious physical injury to the children, the children suffered from vomiting and diarrhea for a few hours. So based on the fact that they weren't seriously injured and the fact that the defendant lacked any previous criminal history the judge felt that two years was appropriate.”
At his sentencing Friday, Hickman apologized and told the judge he would be a better citizen when he gets out.