Jason Milby convicted of murder of girlfriend's son he assaulted eight years ago

Bryce Shannon suffered brain injury in 2011, died in 2016
Posted at 6:23 PM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 18:23:13-04

LEBANON, Ohio — A man previously convicted of causing a traumatic brain injury to a 2-year-old boy in 2011 was convicted of murder Wednesday for his victim’s death in 2016.

A Warren County jury found Jason Milby, 36, of Mansfield, Ohio, guilty of two counts of murder for causing the death of Bryce Shannon, his girlfriend’s son.

Milby was sentenced 15 years to life in prison.

"Even though the medical date of death occurred in 2016, Jason Milby murdered Bryce Shannon on July 14, 2011,” Warren County Prosecutor David P. Fornshell said after the verdict. “We did not know the precise date that little boy would succumb to his injuries, but we knew it would ultimately happen. Today, Bryce and his family finally received justice.”

Prosecutors said Milby was watching the boy at his girlfriend’s home in Springboro. Medical evidence revealed that Bryce was either shaken, shaken with an impact, or both, Fornshell said in a release.

Bryce was left neurologically devastated and in a permanent vegetative state, the release said.

On Jan. 10, 2013, a jury convicted Milby of one count of felonious assault and one count of endangering children, and he was sentenced to the maximum term of eight years in prison.

Bryce survived until May 24, 2016, when he died from pneumonia caused by the traumatic brain injury, according to the release.