Jeremy Cramer

Jeremy Cramer sits with public defender Sherry Staedler at his arraignment in July 2013, in Anaconda.

An April sentencing hearing is slated for Jeremy Cramer, who beat and stabbed his 3-year-old son last spring off a rural road near Anaconda.

Cramer admitted to the crime in December, saying he “purposely killed” his toddler, Broderick. His sentence will be handed down for a charge of deliberate homicide on April 4 in Anaconda district court.

Prosecutors are asking for life in prison with no parole restrictions. Cramer is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole. Judge Loren Tucker will oversee the hearing.

Cramer killed his son in a field off of Mill Creek Road on July 8. Cramer, 38, of Lacey, Wash., did not elaborate on how exactly his son died when he changed his plea to guilty. Investigators located a knife and two rocks covered in blood next to the boy’s body.

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Cramer has been behind bars since his arrest the day of the slaying. Police apprehended him after he was found by an Anaconda store clerk washing blood from his clothes in the shop’s bathroom. He remains in jail on $250,000 bond.

Cramer’s family told authorities he had taken the boy from his Washington home and disappeared. They also said he was a drug addict known to doctor shop for more pills. Investigators found an empty container for a generic substitute of the stimulant Adderall that had been filled five days earlier, court documents say.

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While incarcerated for homicide, Cramer was caught on tape admitting to the killing in a phone call to his father. During the recorded conversation, Cramer said his truck ran out of gas and he began walking down the road with his toddler atop his shoulders. He then said he didn’t know why he beat his son.

“Why did I take all my pills? Did I take all my pills?” according to the transcript of the call.