A Colorado father was sentenced this week to spend 20 years behind bars for attempting to kill his son in an intentional high-speed crash.
According the Denver Post, Nathan Weitzel’s toddler was not restrained in the vehicle when the 31-year-old Centennial man deliberately crashed into multiple parked cars at an estimated speed of 75 mph.
While the boy was seriously injured in the crash, which resulted in a broken leg, a concussion and other injuries, prosecutors say his father intended to kill him.
As the New York Post reported, police say Weitzel confessed to the plot because he thought “being a father was a big responsibility and he did not think he was man enough to raise a child.”
Arapahoe District Judge Jeffrey Holmes addressed the court during sentencing to condemn the convicted father’s actions.
“This was a very serious crime in which an innocent child was hurt,” he said, adding that the victim easily “could have been dead.”
The suspect allegedly said the thought of killing his son first crossed his mind as his son was playing in the park. He has also reportedly confessed to cocaine abuse.
Though he was initially charged with an array of criminal counts including attempted first-degree murder, child abuse and assault, an insanity plea led to a reduction in charges. Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to one count of attempted first-degree murder.
He is set to spend the next two decades in prison, followed by five years of parole.
[Featured image: Nathan Weitzel/Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office]