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Griffin sentencing date set
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A Springfield man convicted last week in the death of a toddler will be sentenced Dec. 7.
An Effingham County jury found Lester Casey Griffin guilty of involuntary manslaughter for killing Dylan Helmey by striking the child in the chest. Griffin, charged with malice murder, was found guilty of the reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter. 
The jury deliberated less than three hours before returning their guilty verdict on Nov. 4. 
Griffin also was found guilty of seven other charges, including felony murder/cruelty to a child, felony murder/aggravated battery, felony murder/aggravated assault, cruelty to children, aggravated battery and aggravated assault.