Phoenix Dad Convicted of Murdering 5-Year-Old Son Sentenced to Life in Prison

A Phoenix man who pleaded guilty to murdering his 5-year-old son was sentenced to life in prison this morning.

Nashawn Campbell, 39, pled guilty last month to murdering his son, Troy, in June of 2009. The plea agreement spared him the possibility of the death penalty.

According to court documents dug up by 3TV, Campbell's sister told police that at the time of the murder he "had been depressed about losing his job." She also said he had threatened to "end it all and take Troy with him."

That's apparently what he tried to do.

Campbell and his dead son were discovered by his sister in their home around 15th and Fillmore Streets in Phoenix -- both of their throats were slit and the boy was already dead.

Campbell had killed his son and attempted to kill himself -- only he failed.

While in the hospital, court docs reveal that he told the officer guarding him "you should have let me die."

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
James King
Contact: James King