Hibbing man pleads guilty in death of stepson
A Hibbing man pleaded guilty today to first-degree manslaughter in the death of his one-year-old stepson.
Joseph Thomas Ricketts III, 30, entered the plea in district court in Hibbing. Judge David Ackerson scheduled sentencing for Feb. 20.
Ricketts has been jailed since his Jan. 28 arrest. He was charged with unintentional second-degree murder while committing or attempting to commit malicious punishment of a child and first-degree manslaughter.
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