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Father sentenced in hatchet slaying of 9-year-old son

Phillip Raymond Hernandez
Phillip Raymond Hernandez

A man convicted of killing his 9-year-old son with a hatchet has been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.

Phillip Raymond Hernandez, 38, was convicted by a jury in March of first-degree murder and the use of a weapon in the Feb. 26, 2013 slaying of his son, Matthew Hernandez. He was sentenced Friday in Sacramento Superior Court, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Hernandez went into the back yard of his Natomas home, grabbed a hatchet, broke through the sliding glass door and brutally attacked the boy, who was sleeping on the couch, authorities said. The child died at the scene from blunt force trauma to the head.

Hernandez was found walking on the street soon after the attack and was taken into custody by police.

According to prosecutors, Hernandez and his wife had long-standing relationship issues that predated Matthew’s birth. After the two separated, Hernandez reportedly told his wife that Matthew, who looked more like his mother, “gets under my skin” because the boy reminded Hernandez of her.

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