Judge Says Colorado Father Has Little Remorse for Killing Son, Sentences Him to 48 Years

A Colorado judge sentenced a man to 48 years in prison for killing his son, saying he showed little remorse for his actions.

Mark Redwine was sentenced Friday on charges of second-degree murder and shield abuse resulting in death in the disappearance of his 13-year-old son in 2012, The Durango Herald reported.

Redwine was indicated in 2017 in the disappearance of his son Dylan, who went missing during a court-ordered Thanksgiving visit to his father's home. Dylan's remains were found near his father's home in 2013 and his skull was found by hikers in 2015.

During his sentencing hearing, Redwine didn't speak, according to the Associated Press.

"I have trouble remembering a convicted defendant that has shown such little remorse for what they've done," La Plata County District Court Chief Judge Jeffrey Wilson, said.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

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A Colorado judge sentenced a man to 48 years in prison for killing his son, saying he showed little remorse for his actions. Above, a sign welcomes motorists to Colorado at the Colorado/New Mexico state line south of Durango, Colorado, in this undated photo. Robert Alexander/Getty Images

The case drew national attention when Redwine and the boy's mother, Elaine Hall, leveled accusations at each other over their son's disappearance on the syndicated Dr. Phil television show in 2013.

Prosecutors argued at trial that Redwine killed Dylan after Dylan discovered embarrassing photos of Redwine wearing women's lingerie and eating feces from a diaper. They presented evidence that Dylan's relationship with his father was in a long decline and that Dylan told family and friends he dreaded the court-ordered visit.

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

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

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

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

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

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Prosecutors said Mark Redwin killed his son after the 13-year-old uncovered embarrassing photos. Above, Redwine takes notes as a former sheriff's investigator, testifies during his trial in Durango, Colorado, on June 29, 2021. Jerry McBride/he Durango Herald via AP