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Former Tinker airman gets 80 years in prison for beating child

An Oklahoma County judge sentenced a former Tinker Air Force Base airman for beating a 1-year-old child in his care.
by Tim Willert Modified: December 19, 2012 at 7:48 pm •  Published: December 19, 2012

A judge sentenced a former Tinker Air Force Base airman Wednesday to 80 years in prison for beating a child left in his care.

Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong gave Gabriel Solis 10 years for each of the eight broken ribs suffered by the 1-year-old boy.

“I found what you did unconscionable,” Truong said. “The two of you victimized a little boy.”

Solis, 31, of Del City, and his ex-wife, Elsa Solis, 30, were arrested in October 2010 after doctors found significant injuries to the child, whose mother was deployed in Saudi Arabia.

Elsa Solis was sentenced Nov. 30 to 35 years in prison for enabling the abuse of the boy, who was hospitalized after vomiting and having a five-minute seizure.

In addition to the broken ribs, doctors found other bones in various states of healing, as well as a lacerated liver, a punctured lung and bruising from head to toe. The boy had a bite mark on his left leg, prosecutors said in court papers.

Before being sentenced, Gabriel Solis read a rambling statement in which he denied injuring the boy, saying he did “whatever he could to bring Nicholas back to life” the night he was hospitalized.

Solis suggested the boy was injured while he performed CPR, adding that his ex-wife might have injured the child “unintentionally” en route to the hospital.

“I believe that Nicholas was properly cared for,” said Solis, who was fired in September by the Air Force. “This alleged incident never happened.”

Assistant District Attorney Pam Stillings said she found Solis' remarks “repulsive.”

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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