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Spokane man convicted of killing 18-month-old sentenced to 102 months

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Joshua Burnett was sentenced to 102 months in prison for the death of 18-month-old Rylee Castner. Joshua Burnett was sentenced to 102 months in prison for the death of 18-month-old Rylee Castner.
SPOKANE, Wash. - The man convicted of killing an 18-month-old boy in March 2013 was sentenced to 102 months, or 8 1/2 years in prison. 

Joshua Burnett heard several members of Rylee Castner's family speak at the sentencing hearing on Friday. Burnett was arrested in April 2013 for the death of Rylee. Rylee's mom told police Burnett was watching her son in the morning of March 31, 2013, and later in the day at a barbeque, she noticed Rylee bleeding from the mouth. They rushed Rylee to the hospital, but he died hours later. 

Burnett told police Rylee was injured in an accidental fall, however Spokane Police quickly determined the injuries to Rylee were intentional, and detectives believe Burnett knew exactly what he was doing. 

Rylee's 6-year-old brother was not in court on Friday, but told prosecutors he "hates Burnett and wants him in jail forever." Burnett began crying after hearing that statement. 

Rylee's grandmother spoke at the sentencing and told the judge she's "forever tormented by memories of Rylee's death, and we need closure and justice."

Rylee's mother Cassandra told the judge, "Memories of his death seep through everything. At times it's all I can remember... I want Josh to pay for what he did. I want him to feel how he has hurt us." 

Following the statements from Rylee's family, Josh Burnett's mother addressed the judge and begged for leniency. She called Rylee's death a "terrible, horrific accident." 

Seemingly moved by the statements from family members, Burnett with tears in his eyes, apologized for Rylee's death and said he "take full responsibility and accepts the consequences." Moments later Judge Triplet announced those consequences would be 102 months in prison. 

Burnett was then led out of the courtroom to begin serving his sentence as his mother called out that she loves him.




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