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UPDATED: Lockett sentenced in Kzoo courtroom following outburst

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - An outburst in court briefly caused Tahj Lockett to be removed from the courtroom Friday, as he was set to be sentenced in the death of his son Tahj Lockett Jr.

As the child's mother was on the stand Friday afternoon, around 3:00 p.m., she begged for Lockett to apologize for what he had done.

That plea ended with Lockett being drug from court screaming, with several deputies working to subdue him.

About an hour later, he was sentenced to between 5 years, 5 months and 15 years in prison.

The sentence came as part of a deal which saw Lockett plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter on Marcy 17, which prevented a trial from happening.

The deal also dropped a second-degree child abuse charge.

The boy was just four months old when he died last November, as a result of multiple injuries.

Court was put into recess, with no return time readily apparent.

Friends of the family tell us Lockett was home alone with the child the morning he died.

They also say there was a history of abuse.

In court Lockett told police he had been smoking marijuana the day his son died. Police say Lockett also admitted to being responsible for bite marks found on his son.