Resentencing for stepfather of Omaree Varela rescheduled

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- Stephen Casaus, the stepfather of Omaree Varela, was originally scheduled to be resentenced for the boy’s death but his court date has since been rescheduled.

Casaus is now set to return to court on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

His defense team is fighting to at least cut his sentence in half. Omaree’s mother, Synthia kicked the 9-year-old to death in 2013. Casaus was convicted of child abuse resulting in death for not calling 911.

Last year, the court of appeals overturned that conviction saying no one proved Omaree would have survived if Casaus had called 911. Casaus was initially sentenced to more than 30-years behind bars.

Prosecutors are trying to have him serve at least half of that, while the defense wants him to serve around ten years.

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