Virginia Man Sentenced to Prison for Daughter’s Death During Exorcism
A Virginia man who said his 2-year-old daughter was possessed by a demon has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for her death.
Thirty-year-old Eder Guzman-Rodriguez was sentenced Monday in Floyd County after pleading no contest to first-degree murder. His daughter, Jocelyn, was found dead in November 2011.
Prosecutors say Guzman-Rodriguez told police that his daughter had a demon inside of her and that he had attempted to exorcise her of the demon.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Shortt said the first deputy who arrived saw “several Hispanics holding Bibles” standing on the deck of the mobile home.
The toddler’s body was found on a bed in the master bedroom, wrapped in a blanket and without a pulse. The room was in disarray with several Bibles and “other religious literature,” Shortt said.