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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Nicholas Reed was sentenced today to a maximum of ten years in prison for the death of 2-year-old Bentley Randall.

Reed entered an Alford plea to child neglect charges, and a guilty to plea to a charge of possession of red phosphorous with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. 

First degree murder charges were dropped against Reed last year.

But for the family of the young toddler, the charge isn't enough.

"I think a plea deal is a joke," said Jamie Ingles, Bentley's great aunt.

Russ Vander Meulen, Bentley's grandfather, provided the most emotional and tense moment of the afternoon.

During his victim impact statement, he displayed a picture of his daughter and Bentley, and yelled at Reed.

“Her naivety you capitalized on, and my grandson's gone!”

Bentley's father also addressed Reed, standing just feet in front of him.

"You got away with murder," Cody Randall said.  "So feel lucky you're only getting this."

"We're going to keep fighting for this baby," Ingles said. "No one else is, so we will, and we'll do it with all our might."

The family said they hoped to see the case go to trial, which is what Reed's attorney said they didn't want.

"He was looking at 25 years if he was found guilty of all the charges," Brandon Brown, Reed's attorney said.  "Based on some of the evidence that we knew would be presented at trial, we knew there was a very low likelihood he would be acquitted on all charges.  So what we tried to do was work toward some sort of resolution that would give him a favorable outcome.  We felt that ten years would do that."

"A plea deal is not fair.  He's done nothing to deserve this deal," Ingles said.

"We're never, ever going to stop," Ingles added.

 Reed was taken into custody and will be held until they determine where he will carry out his sentence.
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