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Salina Technical College

Life Sentence In Child Abuse Death Case

KSAL Staff - November 22, 2013 2:13 pm

Antonio M. Brown is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse in the October 2011 death of his girlfriend's 14-month-old son, Clayden Lee Urbanek.

A Salina man convicted of murder in a 2011 child abuse death gets a life sentence.

Judge Renee Young Friday afternoon sentenced 29-year-old Antonio Brown Sr. to life in prison with a mandatory minimum of 20 years before parole eligibility for the murder concvicition. She also sentenced Brown to nearly 200 months for other charges he was convicted of, including child abuse. The sentences are to run consecutively.

Prior to the sentencing, a motion  by the defense for a new trial on the basis of insufficient evidence for a conviction was denied by the Judge.  She said that there was sufficient evidence presented.

The state requested that the sentence be doubled due to the aggravating circumstances Brown was found guilty of.  Saline County Attorney Ellen Mitchell said that Brown ‘s abuse of the child was extensive, and happened on a daily basis for several days. Mitchell said there were extreme injuries, including over 100 areas of bruising. She said it was “cruel, severe, torture”.  The Judge granted the request for a harsher sentence.

A tearful Brown read a statement prior to the sentencing. He said that though he was not fully responsible for everything that happened, he takes full responsibility.

Brown was convicted earlier this year in connection with the abuse death of his former girlfriend’s 14-month-old son.

Brown initially pleaded no contest in the death of Clayden Urbanek. He disappeared from the Saline County jail the day before his sentencing. He surrendered two days later in Wichita and withdrew the plea. At that time Judge Young ruled Brown’s attorney gave him inaccurate advice on the prison sentence he would receive by pleading no contest.

The toddler’s mother, Brittney N. Betzold, is serving about 13 years in prison for her role in her son’s death.

Brown will face trial in the escape case in February of next year.

Fuchs Mi

November 23, 2013 at 12:14 am

Why did they not give this guy the death penalty. He is just a wise a$$ just look at his antics with the system wanting his trial moved ect when hes is guilty. Save us taxpayers the money and hang this joker.

Jackson Bogart

November 23, 2013 at 11:52 am

Why this , why that? Put your pacifier back in and quit whining like a baby…Lol!

Fred Hanson

November 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Jackie jackie jackie is this your brother? I guess you see no wrong in what he did from your comments.

Jackson Bogart

November 24, 2013 at 10:36 am

Well you guess wrong again BOZO….Lol!

Fred Hanson

November 24, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Why did you call me by your mothers name?

Fuchs Mi

November 25, 2013 at 1:43 am

You know his mother Bozo to? Wow everyone in town much know her.

Jackson Bogart

November 25, 2013 at 10:51 am

Awwww look BOZO #1 & BOZO # 2 are working as a team….isn’t that sweet…LMAO!

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