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Derek West Sentenced for Shaking Death of Toddler

February 12, 2002
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Derek West Sentenced for Shaking Death of Toddler

Associated Press

OGDEN, Utah (AP) - A Brigham City man has been sentenced to one to 15 years in prison for the shaking death of a 19-month-old boy.

How long Derek Byron West, 19, will serve will be determined by the state Board of Pardons, but the Weber County prosecutor, Rich Parmley, said West is likely to spend at least five years behind bars.

The sentence was handed down Tuesday by 2nd District Judge Roger S. Duston, who told West: "This tragedy cannot be undone. And the out-of-control behavior you have had in the past contributed to the death of a child I believe you loved also."

Duston also said West would have to make reparations, according to a future recommendation by the Board of Pardons.

Schaedie Jaedin Bolan died May 27, 2001, two days after he was injured while West baby-sat for the toddler and Schaedie's now 3-year-old sister, Aschley. According to police reports, West said the boy drowned in the bathtub while left unattended.

Schaedie's mother, Mandy Bolan, said Aschley saw West injure the toddler and was able to describe it to police.

West was charged with first-degree felony murder in August and pleaded guilty to child-abuse homicide in October.

Following the sentencing, Bolan said she was comforted by the fact that Schaedie's organs went to other children after his death.

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