DURANGO (Colo.) — A Colorado father was sentenced to a maximum of 48 years imprisonment after being convicted in Colorado of second-degree murder as well as child abuse resulting death in the disappearance his 13-year old son almost a decade ago.
The Durango Herald reported that Mark Redwine (60) was sentenced by Jeffrey Wilson, La Plata County District Judge.
Redwine was arrested in 2017 for Dylan Redwine’s disappearance. Redwine disappeared in November 2012. He was on a court-ordered Thanksgiving holiday visit to Durango in southwest Colorado. Dylan Redwine’s remains were discovered a few miles away from his father’s house in 2013. Hikers found his skull in 2015.
Redwine was convicted in July by a jury after just one day of deliberations.
Redwine, Elaine Hall’s mother, and Redwine made accusations about each other in the case of their son’s disappearance while he was on “Dr. Phil,” a syndicated television show.
Redwine did not speak at the sentencing hearing.
The judge stated, “It’s hard to remember a convicted defendant who has shown so little remorse for the things they did,”
After Dylan found embarrassing photos of Redwine in women’s lingerie, and Redwine eating feces out of a diaper, the prosecution argued that Redwine was responsible for Dylan’s death. They also presented evidence that Dylan had a long-standing relationship with his father, and that Dylan shared with family and friends that he was afraid of the court-ordered visit.
At trial, a forensic anthropologist stated that Dylan had suffered a fracture above the left eye and that the two marks on his skull were most likely caused by a knife at the time of his death. Fred Johnson, special Deputy District Attorney, testified at trial that investigators discovered traces of Dylan’s blood in Redwine’s home.
Hall testified that Dylan was taken to her house by Dylan on Nov. 18, 2012. She discovered he was missing one day later and she suspected that her ex husband wasn’t telling all the truth.
Redwine did not testify during the trial. Redwine told investigators that he had left Dylan at home alone to run errands, and that Dylan was still missing when he returned. Defense lawyers suggested that Dylan may have fled and been attacked by a bear or mountain lion.
Justin Bogan, public defender, suggested that Hall’s appearances on national television turned public opinion towards her ex-husband. This influenced the direction and scope of the police investigation.
Redwine was a truck driver and was taken into custody in Bellingham, Washington after the 2017 grand jury indictment.