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27 Dec 2014
Dutro, Canady sentenced in son's murder
Mother receives life in prison after beating son to death
A mother convicted of beating her 4-year-old son to death in 2012 was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.
Jessica Dutro, 25, was found guilty on seven counts, including murder, murder by abuse and second-degree assault, in the death of her 4-year-old son Zachary Dutro-Boggess.
Dutro will be eligible for parole after 25 years.
Brian Canady, Dutros boyfriend, was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years, with credit for time served.
Canady agreed to lesser charges as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.
Dutro and Canady were arrested in August 2012 after the boy's death. Prosecutors said the couple beat Dutro's children from a previous relationship and that Dutro had beaten the boy so badly that it caused internal injuries, which led to his death.
The couple watched the boy's health deteriorate over a few days,and didn't take the boy to a hospital until he became unresponsive.
During Dutros trial, the prosecution brought forth a Facebook message from Dutro saying her son was being punished because she thought he would be gay. The message was sent three months before Zacharys death.
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