JERSEY CITY — If he survives, a city man will be a nonagenarian by the time he is eligible for parole after a judge sentenced him Friday in the 2018 killing of a baby boy.

Andrew Howard-French, 29, was convicted by a Hudson County jury in October in the murder of 23-month-old Bryce Sparrow.

Prosecutors say the babysitter beat the child, resulting in multiple fatal blunt-force injuries in July 2018.

Superior Court Judge Patrick Arre handed down the life sentence for murder along with a back-to-back five years for endangering an injured victim and a concurrent 10 years for child endangerment.

Howard-French will be eligible for parole after more than 63 years behind bars.

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