Trucker Convicted of Murdering Teen Son Sentenced to Prison, Vows to ‘Fight For True Justice’
Durango, CO – A Colorado trucker received the maximum prison sentence last week for the 2012 murder of his 13-year-old son.
Mark Redwine, now 60 years old, was sentenced to 48 years in prison on Friday, October 8, by La Plata County District Court Chief Judge Jeffrey Wilson, according to local outlet The Durango Herald.
Redwine’s teen son Dylan was reported missing in November 2012 while on a court-ordered visit to his home in Southwest Colorado during Thanksgiving break.
The first of Dylan’s remains were discovered approximately eight miles from Redwine’s home in June 2013.
In 2015, hikers discovered Dylan’s skull.
Redwine was indicted in the disappearance of his son in July 2017.
On July 22, 2017, following the indictment, U.S. Marshals pinged Redwine’s cellphone to a parking lot in Bellingham, WA.
Officers, with guns drawn, located Redwine inside a red semi-truck owned by Salt Lake City, UT-based mega carrier C.R. England.
Bodycam footage of the arrest was released days later.
WATCH the police bodycam below.
“Can you explain to me what’s going on?” Redwine calmly asked, as he was face-down on the pavement being handcuffed.
“We received a call from an agency in Colorado … they had got information that you were potentially up here and they said they had a warrant for Murder 2nd for you,” a Sergeant told Redwine during the arrest.
“I have no clue what that’s about,” Redwine responded.
Redwine was convicted almost four years to the day later (in July 2021) after less than a day of jury deliberations.
During the trial prosecutors argued Redwine killed his son after Dylan approached him upon discovering photos of his father wearing women’s lingerie and eating feces from a diaper.
According to prosecutors, Redwine’s relationship with his son had been in decline and Dylan “dreaded” the court-ordered visit with his father that fateful Thanksgiving.
While Redwine did not testify at trial, he told investigators he left Dylan home alone to run errands and discovered his son missing when he returned.
Defense attorneys suggested Dylan ran away and may have been killed by a bear or a mountain lion near Redwine’s home.
According to the indictment, Dylan’s blood was found in the living room of Redwine’s house.
In addition, a cadaver dog indicated that human remains had been near Redwine’s truck bed and on the clothes Redwine said he was wearing the night his son disappeared.
Redwine did not speak during the sentencing, but provided a pre-sentencing statement to Judge Wilson, which was read aloud in the courtroom.
“Innocent of all charges. Miscarriage of justice. Fake conviction. Sham trial,” Redwine wrote. “ … I take this circumstance very seriously and want to make clear that I too have lost a child I love more than life itself. I will fight for true justice, not for myself, but for Dylan.”
An appeal is expected, according to the defense team.