Dylan Cardeilhac was already in jail awaiting sentencing for an armed robbery when he murdered a correctional guard when he was sixteen years old . Dylan Cardeilhac according to court documents would attack the correctional guard and would choke her until she stopped breathing and causing her death. Dylan Cardeilhac would end up being convicted of the murder and would be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.
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The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of a Torrington teenager convicted of choking a Scotts Bluff County Detention Center guard and causing her death.
A jury convicted Dylan Cardeilhac — then 16 — in November 2014 of second-degree murder in the Feb. 16, 2014, death of Amanda Baker. Baker died two days after Cardeilhac attacked the woman, choking her until she was unconscious.
In February 2015, District Court Judge Travis O’Gorman sentenced Dylan Cardeilhac to imprisonment of 60 years to life. In his appeal, Cardeilhac said that the judge failed to comply with proper juvenile sentencing principles. Defense attorneys argued that the sentence was excessive.
Dylan Cardeilhac and his attorney also said that the court erred in advising the jury that it would deliberate in the case until 9 p.m. before breaking for the day and alleged jury misconduct.
According to the appeal, one jury had told Dylan Cardeilhac’s attorneys that after six hours of deliberation, she had been the sole holdout, wanting to convict Cardeilhac of manslaughter rather than second-degree murder. She allegedly said that two of the jurors were “extremely belittling and belligerent” as some of the other jurors made statements to try to persuade her to change her vote.
During that exchange, one of the jurors offered to demonstrate to the woman — who consented — what it was like being choked from behind. Soon after the demonstration, the juror said, she changed her vote from manslaughter to second-degree murder. However, the juror said that she did not feel pressured to change her vote. The defense had previously objected to this re-enactment, asking for a new trial as they felt the demonstration was extraneous prejudicial information received outside of court. The court did not grant a mistrial in the case.
The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that no juror misconduct had occurred. Reenactments or other exercises by which the jury tests the evidence presented at trial are generally considered appropriate jury conduct, the ruling said.
Jurors had been instructed that they could deliberate until 9 p.m. and would return to the deliberations the next morning, if a verdict was not reached. The Nebraska Supreme Court rejected the defense’s argument that the instruction pressured the jury to come to a deliberation and that it was an appropriate instruction.
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A judge sentenced a Torrington, Wyoming, teenager convicted of strangling a Scotts Bluff County Corrections officer to 60 years to life in prison on Thursday.
A jury convicted Dylan Cardeilhac, 16, in November of second-degree murder in the Feb. 16, 2014, death of Amanda Baker. Baker, 24, died two days after Cardeilhac attacked the woman, choking her until she was unconscious.
In sentencing Cardeilhac, Judge Travis O’Gorman said he thought that the teen’s violent criminal history and his lack of remorse demonstrated that society needed protection from him.
“This case is just a great tragedy,” he said. “Most of all for the innocent victims in this case — a child lost a mother, a family lost a daughter, a community has lost a someone.”
O’Gorman and Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner pointed to a lack of remorse shown by Cardeilhac since Baker’s death. O’Gorman noted that Cardeilhac said he “didn’t give a (expletive)” about the killing and that he had said, “I am at the top of the killers.” Warner had pointed to similar statements in arguing that Cardeilhac needed to receive a significant sentence.
Cardeilhac’s attorneys, James Mowbray and Todd Lancaster, presented evidence that Cardeilhac shouldn’t be sentenced to life in prison because of his age.
A psychologist from Boys Town testified that brain development in teens makes them more immature. Defense attorneys argued that Cardeilhac needed to be sentenced to a facility where he could receive rehabilitation.
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