A Colorado father found guilty of killing his son after the teen found his “compromising” fetish photos was sentenced Friday to a maximum 48 years in prison.
Mark Redwine, 60, was found guilty in July of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death after prosecutors said he got enraged when his 13-year-old son, Dylan, discovered photos of him wearing women’s lingerie while eating feces from a diaper, KKTV reported.
Dylan was reported missing from Redwine’s Vallecito home in November 2012, one day after a court-ordered Thanksgiving trip to visit his dad. A friend testified in June that the teen “really didn’t want to go” after previously finding the embarrassing photos.
Dylan’s older brother, Cory Redwine, testified during the five-week trial that the teen found the photos before he went missing, KKTV reported.
Redwine, who did not speak during the hearing, plans to file an appeal, his attorneys told the Durango Herald. Prosecutors had sought the maximum penalty for the former truck driver who wasn’t arrested until July 2017 — days after he was indicted by a grand jury in La Plata County.
“I have trouble remembering a convicted defendant that has shown such little remorse for what they’ve done,” Judge Jeffrey Wilson told Redwine, who had faced anywhere from 16 to 48 years in prison.
Redwine’s defense attorneys had suggested he returned home on Nov. 19, 2012, and couldn’t find his son, but saw a bowl of cereal on a table and a television tuned to Nickelodeon, the Durango Herald reported.
The defense attorneys surmised that a stranger had abducted Dylan or that he was perhaps attacked by wildlife while on a walk. The teen’s partial remains were first found just a few miles away from Redwine’s home in June 2013 and a pair of hikers later found his skull about a mile away in November 2015, the newspaper reported.
Dylan’s mother, Elaine Hall, told the judge Friday her ex-husband “robbed” the boy of his youth, the Denver Post reported.
“He had his whole life ahead of him,” Hall said. “He would have done it and would have done it well.”
Dylan’s older brother said the past nine years without him had been “nothing short of misery,” the newspaper reported.
“I can’t bring Dylan back,” Cory Redwine told Wilson. “I can’t talk to him so I pray to him. I dream of him … Dylan is my hero and became more of a man in his 13 years than Mark became in 60.”
n 2013, Redwine and the family appeared on a two-part episode of the “Dr. Phil” show, where he denied involvement in Dylan’s death but refused to take a polygraph test.
“Maybe now isn’t the time to be taking the polygraph test,” Redwine said on the show.