FARMINGTON, MO. • Nearly four years after the crime, a former St. Francois County man accused of severely assaulting his infant son accepted on Friday a plea deal that carries a maximum sentence of 14 years. Steven Roloff, 23, appeared in a Farmington court Friday on the charges of second-degree assault and abuse of a child in connection with the March 2007 beating of Conner Zwierksi, now 4, at his Bonne Terre, Mo., residence. In his plea, called an Alford plea, Roloff did not admit guilt but conceded there was enough evidence to be convicted through a trial.
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