A Boulder County man convicted of criminally negligent child abuse in the 2006 death of his infant son will spend the next 16 years in prison, a Boulder judge ruled Friday.
Alex Midyette, 29, was given the maximum sentence by Boulder County District Judge Lael Montgomery. He was also given 5 years parole.
Midyette was convicted in February in the death of his 11-week-old son, Jason. He was released on $1.5 million bond but was later re-arrested on suspicion of violating his bond conditions after he was found at the home of a Jefferson County woman who runs an at-home day care service.
Before announcing his sentence, Montgomery said the neglect Jason received was "pervasive, extreme and it finally resulted in his death."
Midyette, speaking from a prepared note, said he misses his son and apologized to him for his shortcomings.
Midyette said he was involved in his son's life. "Snuggling. I did all these things gently and with love."
Jason Midyette's grandmother, Jay Bowers, testified during the sentencing, "We have not been able to watch (Jason) grow up over the past 3 years. He would 3 years, 5 months old. I think he would be athletic like both of his parents."
"It's important to remember Jason," she said. "We will always love you."
Midyette was wearing a blue jail uniform while in the courtroom. His girlfriend, Christine Stonig, was sitting with Midyette's parents behind him.
His wife, Molly Midyette, was sentenced to 16 years after her conviction last December of criminally negligent child abuse resulting in death.
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