Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was charged with felony child-abuse in September after disciplining his 4-year-old son with a switch. Peterson agreed to a plea deal which reduced the charges to that of reckless assault, a misdemeanor that comes with a $4,000 fine and an order to perform community service. Peterson later apologized for the incident. “I have learned a lot and have had to reevaluate how I discipline my son going forward," Peterson said in a statement. "But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives.”

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Joseph Peterson, the boyfriend of the slain toddler's mother, was charged with second degree murder, first degree manslaughter and aggravated battery.

Oct, 01, 2015

A South Dakota jury convicted a 29-year-old man of multiple charges in the death of the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, PEOPLE confirms. 

The Lincoln County jury found Joseph Patterson guilty of the second degree murder, first degree manslaughter and aggravated battery of an infant on Tuesday. The mother of Tyrese Ruffin, the star football player's late son, was the girlfriend of Patterson. 

"We couldn't be more excited and thrilled for Tyrese," Deputy Attorney General Bob Mayer said after the verdict, according to an Associated Press report. "He finally gets the justice he deserved." 

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