Sentencing has been scheduled for July 30 for a 30-year-old Lawrence man who was convicted Monday of murdering a 23-month-old boy in February.
Douglas County District Judge Mike Malone set the sentencing date on Monday afternoon shortly after a jury returned a guilty verdict on first-degree murder and child abuse charges against Donald Bruce Jr.
Bruce went on trial June 15 on the charges, which stemmed from the death of Eric Brewer, his girlfriend's 23-month-old son.
First-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.
Eric's mother, Wendy Brewer, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in her son's death. She is scheduled to stand trial July 20.