04/09/2009 15:51 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Prison For "World's Worst Father"

A Kentucky father was let out of jail in order to donate a kidney to save his son's life.

But instead, Byron Keith Perkins (yes, really) ran away to Mexico with his girlfriend.

The career criminal has now been sentenced to 42 and a half years in prison.

US marshals dubbed Perkins the "world's worst father" after he ran off. He's certainly got to be up there in the running for the title.

But it's amazing what children can forgive their parents. Destin, who's now 19, even wrote a letter to the court asking for leniency.

Fortunately Destin received a kidney from another relative after his father skipped the country, otherwise he might not have been around to beg for mercy for his dad.

However, Perkins was facing guns and weapons charges, carrying a minimum sentence of 25 years, which was increased because of his criminal history and his attempt to escape punishment.

Perkins told the WLKY TV station he was coerced into signing an agreement to plead guilty in return for being released to donate a kidney to Destin.

He told the TV station he then found out his kidneys were not suitable for the transplant and said he had no choice but to flee.

He said he now realised he will probably die in prison, although there are plans to appeal.

Perkins told WLKY: "I will not make it out. That's for sure. I'm going to die in prison an old broken-down man, and I don't feel it's right."

It's kind of hard to feel sorry for him, though.

Todd Tremaine, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent, has little sympathy for Perkins. "Anytime basically you snub your nose at the court, the court's going to take that as an affront to justice," he said.

Source: ParentDishUS