HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) – A 25-year-old Oregon woman convicted of murder in the death of her 4-year-old son has been sentenced to life in prison. Jessica Dutro will serve 25 years before she gets her first chance at parole.
Her boyfriend, Brian Canady, was sentenced Friday to 12 years after his guilty pleas to assault and manslaughter.
The Oregonian reports that little Zachary Dutro-Boggess’ young sister testified that she witnessed the couple’s fatal attack on Zachary in August 2012.
Circuit Court Judge Don Letourneau told Dutro “you were the most dangerous thing in your kids’ lives.” Her parents and sisters now care for her other children.
The case drew widespread attention after prosecutors asked the court to allow Facebook messages from Dutro into evidence. In one message to Canady, Dutro wrote using a slur that Zachary would be gay, and said that made her angry.
Defense lawyer Chris Colburn told jurors that while it was offensive, the message did not prove any motive on Dutro’s part.