Gree­ley man gets life for mur­der of boy, 2

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Kieran Ni­chol­son

A Gree­ley man has been sen­tenced to life in prison for abus­ing and killing his girl­friend’s 2year-old son.

John Melvin White, 34, was con­victed by a jury last month, af­ter an 11day trial, of first-de­gree mur­der and child abuse re­sult­ing in death, ac­cord­ing to the Weld County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

White was con­victed for the May 2015 death of the tod­dler, Michael “Mikey” Lara.

Dis­trict Court Judge Julie Hoskins on Fri­day sen­tenced White to life in prison with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role, the DA’s of­fice said.

White was dat­ing Mikey’s mother at the time, babysit­ting the boy while his mom was at work. He claimed the fam­ily’s dog knocked the boy down the mo­bile home’s porch steps, lead­ing to in­juries.

Med­i­cal ex­ams re­vealed se­vere trauma, which couldn’t be as­so­ci­ated with a fall, pros­e­cu­tors said. Tox­i­col­ogy re­ports showed White was on metham­phetamine while babysit­ting Mikey.

“I would like to tell you about the day I taught Mikey to drive, or the day he grad­u­ated, or the day he made me a grand­par­ent,” said Michael Lara Sr., Mikey’s fa­ther, at the sen­tenc­ing. “But you took all of those mo­ments away from me, John. You took him away from our fam­ily. … You will now sit in your cell with only your night­mares.”

John Melvin White was con­victed of killing a 2-yearold boy.

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