Mark Redwine sentenced to 48 years for 2012 murder of son, Dylan


FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2017 file photo, Mark Redwine makes his first appearance in district court in Durango, Colo. Redwine was convicted by a jury on Friday, July 16, 2021, of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death in the 2012 disappearance of his 13-year-old son. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP, File)

DURANGO, Colo. — Mark Redwine, who was convicted for killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan, in 2012 near Durnago, heard his sentence Friday morning.

Redwine declined to speak before hearing his sentence.

The judge sentenced Redwine to 48 years – the full sentence possible – before remanding him to prison.

“You killed your son. A 13-year-old boy. At 13, he is still a young boy,” Judge Jeffrey Wilson said. “The evidence against you is overwhelming.”

After his conviction, Redwine called the trial “a sham” and pledged to appeal.

Wilson said Redwine’s lack of remorse has stood out to him throughout the process of this trial.

First to address the court before sentencing was Elaine Hall, Dylan’s mother. “You robbed him of his youth. You robbed him of what he would have been,” she said to her ex-husband. “You never take accountability.”

During trial, investigators said Redwine killed Dylan shortly after the boy arrived for a court-ordered visit. Included in the verdict were two counts of child abuse. It took a jury less than six hours to find Redwine guilty of all counts in July 2021.

Shackled, masked, and seated between his two lawyers, Redwine watched Hall speak on Friday.

“You have a lot of soul searching to do,” she said. “You could have lived a good life.”

Their son’s remains were found in 2013 and 2015 within 10 miles of Redwine’s home near Vallecito Reservoir northeast of Durango.

Before stepping away from the podium, Hall asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence.

Dylan and Mark Redwine
Dylan and Mark Redwine

Dylan’s older brother, Cory, also addressed the court on Friday.

“The past nine years without Dylan have been nothing short of misery,” Cory Redwine said. He referred to his father by his first name only. “You will never be a meaningful part of my life,” he said.

Cory Redwine mourned his brother, and said he constantly asks himself what he could have differently. He spoke briefly of his reliance on alcohol.

“I can’t talk to Dylan,” he said. “So I pray to him.”

This story will be updated.

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