Salma Rodriguez and her boyfriend, Ivan Alejandro Portillo, were sentenced on Aug. 12, for their roles in the death of Rodriguez's 10-month-old son on Mother's Day in 2017. 

A man involved in the 2017 death of an infant was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday.

Ivan Alejandro Portillo Herrera received the sentence for manslaughter and a lifetime of probation for child abuse, according to Krisanne LoGalbo, a Pima County Superior Court spokeswoman.

Jose Valenzuela, who died in May 2017 at 10 months old, had severe and chronic head trauma, the  Arizona Daily Star reported at the time.

Herrera and the baby’s mother, Salma Rodriguez, were arrested on felony child abuse charges on May 12, 2017, and indicted on first-degree murder charges 10 days later. Both took a plea deal on reduced charges of manslaughter.

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Rodriguez’s sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 3.

Herrera, who is in the country illegally, will be turned over to immigration officials and likely deported when he is released from prison.

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Shaq is a public safety reporter and the Road Runner columnist, keeping readers up to date on transportation news. In 2017, he started as an apprentice and later worked part-time until graduating from the UA and being offered a full-time position in 2018.