A Cicero man got the maximum sentence today in County Court for a brutal assault on a three year old boy earlier this year.
27 year old John Bonitz got seven years in state prison on felony assault charges after prosecutors say he beat his girlfriend's young child to near death over the summer.
Investigator say the incident occurred after Bonitz became enraged that the child ate some of his candy. The young boy was beaten so badly, he was left in critical condition for more that a week in a Syracuse hospital.
Judge Joseph Fahey says this is one of the worst cases of child abuse he's ever seen and that Bonitz deserved everyday behind bars.
Bonitz had a previous attempted assault conviction on his record which allowed the judge to sentence him to the maximum allowed by state law.
Two other children were in the home at the time of the beating, but weren't hurt. The District Attorney's office won't say whether those children have been removed from the home or not because the case is still pending.