TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A jury returned a guilty verdict Thursday afternoon in the murder trial of Brandon Pritcher.

Pritcher was convicted of the murder of his 7-year-old son Leeam. Pritcher was arrested in September of 2020 after authorities were called to the 3100 block of South 9 1/2 Street for an unresponsive child. The boy was transported to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis where he later died. According to court documents, medical professionals found several bruises and abrasions on the child.

Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt released the following statement in reaction to the guilty verdicts;

“A case this tragic hits the emotions of everyone.  We still grieve with Leeam’s family.  We hope that the guilty verdicts today allow for his family and friends to take another step forward in the healing process. A complex case such as this requires a dedicated team.  My thanks to THPD  Detective Donald Toney for leading the investigation, to Deputy Prosecutors Dan McGlone and Kevin O’Reilly for carrying us through the trial, and to each of the medical experts that gave of their time and experience.”

Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt

Pritcher’s trial got underway with jury selection Monday, July 11. Thursday the jury returned a guilty verdict on all six charges against him.

Those charges are;

  • Murder
    • A felony
  • Neglect of a dependent resulting in death
    • A level 1 felony
  • Aggravated battery
    • A level 1 felony
  • Domestic battery resulting in death to a person under 14 years of age
    • A level 2 felony
  • Domestic battery resulting in serious bodily injury to a person less than 14 years old
    • A level 3 felony
  • Neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury
    • A level 3 felony

Pritcher will be next in court for sentencing on August 16 at 1:30 p.m.