DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE) – A Colorado father will spend 48 years in prison for killing his 13-year-old son back in 2012. In July, Mark Redwine was convicted of killing his son Dylan and learned his fate on Friday, Oct. 8. He was convicted of second-degree murder and child abuse.
“The community needs to be protected from you. You need to be removed from society for a long period of time. I am going to sentence you to 48 years on both counts with five years of parole to be served concurrently,” said District Court Judge Jeffrey Wilson.
It was an emotional morning with prosecutors and Dylan’s family members asking for the maximum sentence and sharing how Redwine hurt Dylan and them. “I can’t bring Dylan back, I can only remember him. I can’t talk to Dylan so I pray to him. I can’t see Dylan so I dream of him,” said Cory Redwine, Dylan’s older brother.
“When I think about what happened that night, it breaks my heart to think about Dylan looking up at his dad knowing he’s the killer. He is my killer,” said Elaine Hall, Dylan’s mother.
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Mark Redwine did not talk on Friday and did not have any visible expression after learning his fate. But his defense team said Redwine will appeal his conviction.
“Mr. Reddwine loved Dylan with all his heart,” said John Moran, Redwine’s attorney. “Mr. Redwine is eager for fair and impartial review by a higher court.”
While Judge Wilson says his minimal criminal history at his age was in his favor in sentencing, he gave Redwine the maximum sentence. He pointed out Redwine lying to law enforcement about where Dylan’s remains were and not taking accountability as aggravating factors against him in sentencing.
“As the father, it’s your obligation to protect your son. Instead of that, you convicted enough injury on him to kill him in your living room,” said Judge Wilson. Prosecutors say that Redwine killed Dylan after a fit of rage when Dylan found photos of Redwine wearing women’s lingerie and eating feces from a diaper.
The defense argued Dylan had run away and that his body was eaten by animals. Redwine’s defense was audibly upset about the sentence. Redwine has called the entire trial leading up to his conviction a ‘sham.’ The La Plata County District Attorney fired back on Friday.
“For him to say that this was a sham trial is absurd. He was given every bit of process due to him and then some. And he received a fair trial,” said Christian Champagne, District Attorney in La Plata County.
The La Plata County District Attorney and Redwine’s family spoke with news crews after the sentencing.