A La Plata County judge on Friday sentenced Mark Redwine to 48 years in prison for killing his 13-year-old son Dylan nine years ago in a fit of rage inside his Durango home and then hiding his body in the woods for animals to scavenge.
“I have had trouble remembering a criminal defendant who has shown such an utter lack of remorse,” Judge Jeffrey Wilson said during the sentencing hearing Friday morning. “This leads me to believe that you need significant punishment… and you need to be removed from society for a long period of time.”
Friday’s sentencing culminates nine years of agony for the boy’s family: the initial searches in the woods for Dylan’s body, the indictment and arrest of his father, numerous court hearings, and an emotional five-week trial in July, in which a jury convicted Mark Redwine of second-degree murder and child abuse.
“Dylan was 13 years old when he took his life,” Elaine Hall, Dylan’s mother and Mark Redwine’s ex-wife, told the judge Friday during sentencing. “He had his whole life ahead of him. He would have done it and would have done it well. You robbed him of his youth, robbed him of what he would have been.”
Dylan’s brother, Cory Redwine, said the past nine years “have been nothing short of misery.” Over the years, he said, he thought about what he could have done to protect Dylan from his own father.
“I can’t bring Dylan back,” Cory Redwine told the judge. “I can’t talk to Dylan so I pray to him. I dream of him… Dylan is my hero and became more of a man in 13 years than Mark became in 60.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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