Earlier this year, an eight-week-old girl from Rome was admitted to Upstate Medical Center with multiple broken bones, bruises and a cut on her ear. On Thursday, her father was found guilty of causing some of those injuries, though he says he had an alibi. Our Andrew Sorensen tells us why Rome Police didn't buy it and why Jonathan Greener, 20, is now facing over two decades in prison.
UTICA, N.Y. -- Throughout 20 year-old Jonathan Greener's trial, defense attorney Mark Curley suggested six bones on Greener's eight-week-old daughter's body may have broken because of a medical condition, in addition to some heavy bruising and a cut on her ear. But he started his closing arguments Thursday saying he wasn't sure of that.
"I'm not sure that they weren't. I don't think that the evidence will cause you to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that they were or they weren't," Curley said.
The jury apparently was sure they weren't, as they convicted Greener of three out of five counts of assault against the girl. Their decision was made slightly easier by medical testimony disproving disease, but the rest was a mess of contradictions, starting when the girl was taken to Upstate Medical on January 8th.
"From the very beginning of that night, they knew that there were some issues between him and her that were happening as far as some anger issues in the household that he had," Assistant District Attorney Kara Wilson said.
When Rome Police investigators interviewed Greener about the domestic issues, they said some of his stories didn't add up.
"Around 2 o'clock, Brittany calls Jon, she's frantic, there's something really wrong with the baby's arm," Curley said.
Greener says he was out running errands and rushed right home. But prosecution argued he knew about the arm before he ever left for the store, using it as a cover to say he was nowhere near the baby.
"That's what they worked over the next few months to establish with the video footage, with the phone calls in the jail," said Wilson.
They say it all shows Greener working to develop an alibi.
To further complicate the proceedings, the girl's mother first told authorities Greener didn't hurt the baby, but later said he did.
"She testified that her accounts differed because she couldn't remember things and in the next breath, she said they differed because she lied," Curley told the jurors.
After three hours of deliberation, the jury found the prosecution's case convincing enough to convict Greener on the counts dealing with the girl's broken legs and a broken arm, for which he could serve up to 21 years in prison.
The ADA says she isn't surprised the other counts came back not guilty, because they didn't have an eye witness account.
Greener is scheduled to be sentenced November 16th.