Man Accused of Beating Two-Year-Old Girl Sentenced to 20 Years

MAUI (KHNL) -  a Maui man accused of severely beating his girlfriend's two-year-old daughter was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday.

Sharee Rodrigues suffered permanent brain damage, a paralized right hand -- and her spleen no longer functions.

Prosecutors initially charged Francisco Ramirez with attempted murder.

But a deal with prosecutors allowed him to plead guilty to a lesser charge -- and avoid a life sentence in prison.