DeKalb County man sentenced to life for drowning adopted son

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A DeKalb County father convicted of murdering his newly adopted son has been sentenced to life without parole.

In July, a jury found Leon Williams guilty of holding his 10-year-old son Kentae Williams underwater in a bathtub until he drowned in April of 2017. 

The jury found 44-year-old Leon Williams guilty of holding 10-year-old Kentae Williams underwater in a bathtub until he drowned in April of 2017.

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Neighbors reported hearing Williams yelling at the boy about his behavior and threatening him right before the killing.

Williams admitted to striking Kentae with the belt, holding him under the water, and causing burns to his feet, but he claimed the death was an accident.

The minimum Williams faced was life in prison.