DENVER &

A jury has convicted a Denver man of murder and fatal child abuse in the starvation death of a 7-year-old boy in his care.




Jon Phillips was accused of withholding food from Chandler Grafner and keeping the boy in a closet for the last few weeks of his life. The coroner said he died of starvation and dehydration.




The verdict was handed up today after a two-week trial and just 31/2 hours of deliberation. The 27-year-old Phillips was also convicted of evidence tampering.




The defense had argued Chandler died of acute diabetes that went undetected.




Phillips' girlfriend, 23-year-old Sarah Berry, pleaded guilty on Monday to second-degree murder in Chandler's death, just as jurors began deliberating charges against Phillips.