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Family reacts after father sentenced for killing infant daughter

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PEORIA (HOI) -- Lisa Purser's family say they're not happy after her father, the man accused of killing six-month-old Lisa, accepted a plea agreement on Thursday. The infant died in September 2019 after being suffocated.

21-year-old Kyle Purser will serve 20 years behind bars.

"I've seen people do lesser crimes, get more time. So I mean, I made it clear with him yesterday, I don't feel the time he got was just, I'm a person that believes a life for a life, he should have got life," said Thomas Turner, Lisa's great uncle.

Lisa's mother, Susan Knapp, still struggles to talk about her daughter.

"She was growing, she was going to be someone some day," said Knapp.

Despite the guilty plea, Kyle's sister, Kyla, said she does not believe her brother killed his own daughter. She thinks he took the agreement to avoid the fight in court.

"He would never do anything to harm any child, he was always around my son, I've left him with my son by himself and he never did anything like that," said Kyla Purser.

Kyle Purser will have to serve 100 percent of his 20 year sentence. Even with credit for time served in jail, he won't be released until 2039.

Heart of Illinois ABC reached out to both the state's attorney's office and Purser's attorney. Neither responded to a request for comment.

Andy Weber

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