Tue. May 17th, 2022

A father in Colorado has been sentenced to a maximum of 48 years in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder and child abuse that resulted in the death after the disappearance of his 13-year-old son nearly ten years ago.

Mark Redwine, 60, was convicted Friday by La Plata County District Court Chief Judge Jeffrey Wilson, The Durango Herald reported.

Redwine was charged in 2017 with the disappearance of Dylan Redwine, who was reported missing in November 2012 while on a court-ordered Thanksgiving visit to his father’s home outside Durango in southwestern Colorado. Dylan Redwine’s remains were found a few miles from his father’s home in 2013, and hikers found his skull in 2015.

A jury convicted Redwine in July after less than a day of deliberations.

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In this August 15, 2017 file photo, Mark Redwine gets his first appearance in the city court of Durango, Colo.  Redwine was sentenced Friday to nearly five decades in prison for the death of her 13-year-old son.

In this August 15, 2017 file photo, Mark Redwine gets his first appearance in the city court of Durango, Colo. Redwine was sentenced Friday to nearly five decades in prison for the death of her 13-year-old son.
(Jerry McBride / The Durango Herald via AP, File)

The case attracted national attention when Redwine and the boy’s mother, Elaine Hall, accused each other of their son’s disappearance on the syndicated “Dr. Phil” TV show in 2013.

Redwine did not speak during the sentencing.

“I have trouble remembering a convicted defendant who has shown so little remorse for what they have done,” the judge said.

Prosecutors argued during the trial that Redwine killed Dylan after Dylan discovered embarrassing pictures of Redwine wearing women’s underwear and eating feces from a diaper. They provided evidence that Dylan’s relationship with his father was in decline and that Dylan told family and friends that he feared the visit ordered by the court.

A forensic anthropologist testified during the trial that Dylan suffered a fracture to his left eye and that two marks on his skull were likely caused by a knife or a sharp tool at or near the time of death. Fred Johnson, special deputy attorney general, testified that investigators found traces of Dylan’s blood in Redwine’s living room.

Hall testified that she sent Dylan to her father’s house on November 18, 2012, was told he was missing the next day, and suspected that her ex-husband was not telling the truth about their son’s disappearance.

In this November 26, 2012, file photo, a missing poster of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine hangs on a sign next to the Vallecito Reservoir in Vallecito, Colo.

In this November 26, 2012, file photo, a missing poster of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine hangs on a sign next to the Vallecito Reservoir in Vallecito, Colo.
(Shaun Stanley / The Durango Herald via AP, File)

Redwine did not testify at his trial. But he told investigators he left Dylan alone at home to run errands, and Dylan was missing when he returned. Defense attorneys suggested Dylan ran away and may have been killed by a bear or a mountain lion.

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Public defender Justin Bogan also suggested that Hall’s appearance on national television turned public opinion against her ex-husband and influenced the police investigation.

Redwine, a truck driver, was arrested in Bellingham, Washington, following the grand jury indictment in 2017.

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