Man Gets Life for Killing Adrian Peterson’s Son

The man convicted of killing the son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was sentenced to life in prison. 

29-year-old Joseph Patterson was convicted of second-degree murder in September. 

Patterson was dating the mother of Peterson’s son. 

Peterson’s 2-year-old son, Tyrese Ruffin, died in October of 2013. 

An autopsy revealed the child sustained four blows to the head that doctors said could not have been accidental. 

Peterson had been working with the child’s mother to set-up time to meet the boy when he found out the child was hospitalized.  Peterson found out about two months before that he was the father of the kid. 

Peterson raced to South Dakota and saw Tyrese a day before the child died. 

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