Centennial, Colo. (AP) - Jurors have found Aaron Thompson guilty of one count of fatal child abuse resulting in death in the disappearance and presumed death of his young daughter.
The charge was the most serious of 57 the Aurora man faced in the 2005 disappearance of his daughter Aarone. Jurors convicted Thompson Monday of the majority of the charges after nine days of deliberation and a six-week trial.
Thompson was also convicted of conspiracy to knowingly commit fatal child abuse. He faces up to 80 years in prison for the two child abuse convictions alone.
Thompson was also found guilty of false reporting to authorities, concealing a death and conspiracy to conceal a death.
He will be sentenced Nov. 10.
Thompson reported his daughter missing in November 2005, when she would have been 6. He said she ran away after an argument.
Authorities believed she may have died about two years earlier. Her body has not been found.
Thompson's defense attorneys acknowledged on the trial's first day that Aarone was already dead when her father reported her missing, but that he was not responsible for her death. Thompson's defense sought to blame his live-in girlfriend, Shely Lowe.
Lowe died in 2006 from heart problems.
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