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"There's a special place in Hell for people like you."

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - A Jackson County judge handed Daniel Ronquillo the maximum sentence for scalding his girlfriend's two children in a bathtub. The children, one- and two-years-old at the time, sustained third degree burns.

"Their lives and their legacy will be defined as something far greater and more meaningful," Kellyn Herendeen, the foster sister of the two siblings said at the sentencing. "We hope that your life will be defined by something far greater, too," she said.

Ronquillo told the court the that he hopes the children are "able to forget about it and have a bright future."

Last May, a jury found him guilty of deliberately holding down the children in a tub, one at a time, then running scalding hot water.

Assistant Prosecutor Kati Rezmierski asked Judge Thomas Wilson to exceed the sentencing guidelines, noting that Ronquillo has two prior convictions for sexual criminal conduct. And she said he purposely caused the children extreme pain.

"He showed them no mercy - not for a minute. Not while he burned them both one at a time and then left them writhing in pain," Rezmierski said. "Not for a minute. Please, don't show any to him."

Judge Wilson sentenced Ronquillo to serve 15 to 22 1/2 years in prison.

"There's absolutely no question in my mind that you did it and hopefully there's a special place in Hell for people like you," Wilson said.

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