A Tacoma man convicted of killing his 23-month-old daughter last year has been sentenced to more than 23 years in prison.
Pierce County Superior Court Judge Katherine Stolz handed down the sentence to Andrew Houston III this afternoon.
Houston, 25, pleaded guilty in February to one count of second-degree murder in the death of Briyana Houston. He admitted he inflicted fatal injuries on the girl in July 2010. He told investigators he was frustrated over financial issues and the girl’s refusal to eat her dinner, court records show.
Doctors who examined Briyana before she died told detectives the girl had retinal hemorrahaging, skull fractures and severe brain injuries consistent with being violently shaken and hit with something blunt, the records show.