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Ex-Hilo woman gets life for killing son, 4, in Oregon

By Rosemarie Bernardo

LAST UPDATED: 01:54 p.m. HST, Apr 18, 2014

A former Hilo woman was sentenced Friday to life plus 25 years for the murder of her 4-year-old son in Oregon.

Washington County Circuit Judge Don Letourneau imposed the sentence on Jessica Analani Dutro, 25, in the death of Zachary Dutro-Boggess who died from complications of blunt force abdominal injuries. Letourneau dismissed five counts of murder by abuse and one count of second-degree assault.

Kate Cruse of Pahoa who became a foster mother to Dutro-Boggess and his older sister for about a year, starting when he was 4 months old, said, "I believe the punishment fits the crime. This time, the justice system worked for the victim."

As part of a plea agreement, Dutro's boyfriend, Brian Canady, convicted of manslaughter by abuse and second-degree assault, was sentenced to 150 months in prison and three years of post-prison supervision. 

The Oregonian newspaper reported that Dutro-Boggess was transported to a hospital Aug. 14, 2012, after he collapsed at a homeless shelter in Tigard, Ore., where he was living with his three siblings and her boyfriend. He suffered from traumatic tears in his bowel and was removed from life support two days later. 

The newspaper reported Dutro-Boggess' older sister testified that both Dutro and Canady beat her brother.

News of Dutro's murder trial spread nationwide after prosecutors asserted that Dutro's abuse of her son may have been motivated by her belief that the toddler was homosexual.

Prosecutors presented Facebook messages between Dutro and Canady where she expressed disappointment in her son's mannerisms, describing them as gay. She wrote,"He walks and talks like it. Ugh." Dutro wrote that Canady needed to "work on" her son "big time," according to the Oregonian.

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Aikea wrote:
What an evil, ignorant woman. Twenty five years is not enough
on April 18,2014 | 01:55PM
DiverDave wrote:
She must have thought that she was back in Hawaii in the early 1800's when infanticide was rampant.
on April 18,2014 | 09:17PM
BreadMan wrote:
What a non-reading comprehension comment. It says "life plus 25 years".
on April 18,2014 | 02:06PM
jotobuddy123 wrote:
Please let theses two scumbag monsters die a slow, painful death
on April 18,2014 | 02:31PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
All of my rage is directed at this animal. May no angels watch over her. Or her boyfriend, for that matter.
on April 18,2014 | 03:06PM
Knowlege wrote:
Her boyfriend looks like a clown. He should have gotten life too.
on April 18,2014 | 04:36PM
false wrote:
Just the most precious little angel. What possesses a mother and bystanders who don't stand up for helpless? In a shelter? There was no one to intervene? RIP baby boy, RIP. Mom is going to her medicine. Boyfriend too.
on April 18,2014 | 04:46PM
soundofreason wrote:
I'm at LEAST grateful that she was sentenced by an out of state Judge where a REAL sentence would be levied.
on April 18,2014 | 06:35PM
tiwtsfm wrote:
Really! We are going to let this person live and be supported by taxpayer money.
on April 18,2014 | 07:55PM
Laws? Life plus 25 years. Why not just say "life". Attorney lingo is stupid, why add "plus 25 years". Would they be legible for parole? No, life means life in prison, or am I wrong again. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Dang attorneys and their way of writing can be so very confusing.
on April 18,2014 | 07:56PM
hanalei395 wrote:
You are confused. There might be in the future a quirk in that life sentence. The 25 years is just in case.
on April 19,2014 | 08:11AM
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