Minn. Man Gets 15 Years In Toddler’s Smothering

ELK RIVER, Minn. (AP) — A Clear Lake area man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the smothering of his girlfriend’s 16-month-old son.

Twenty-five-year-old Dennis Angell pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder.

Angell agreed to the sentence and prosecutors agreed to drop a motion that would have asked the judge to sentence Angell to a term longer than called for under state sentencing guidelines. A charge of first-degree manslaughter was dismissed.

The St. Cloud Times reports the boy was choking and not breathing when deputies responded to a home in Santiago Township last November.

Angell initially told investigators the toddler started choking while in his care, but later admitted he put a pillow on the boy’s face.

  • Jim

    I have a question for the prosecuters. Is this the same penalty you would seek if your ex’s spouse smothered your kid? You are a spineless, win at all cost, record padding, spineless bunch of yellowbacks!!!!!!

  • Deep Thinker

    15 years for killing a defenseless 16 month old. I agree with Jim, the prosecuters should be ashamed & yes they certainly appear to be spineless.

  • Deep Thinker

    Just a follow up, we already know what the prosecutors would say to us “we had our hands tied, this was the stiffest penalty we could prosecute” once again the prosecuters should be ashamed & embarrassed.

  • Lawyers are ruining the USA

    Prosecuters are just gaining experience to become defense lawyers, if you think a prosecutor cares about punishing criminals think again. I firmly believe that 90% of all attorneys are dirtbags….

  • Admin. of Chafin' Totz

    I will chafe his F-IN tooooootz

  • CJ

    I suppose they should have gone to court and taken their chances. Then, they could have risked another Casey Anthony outcome.

    • The Architect

      Not likely with a confession, CJ.

      Minor difference there, wouldn’t you say?

  • Jake

    For those of you who say that I’m all about beating down the black man, I’d say that this guy got off EASY, I jiust can’t splain why, ’cause I’m not regularly involved in the criminal justice system. This guy should have gotten at least another 10 years EASY.

  • Betty

    Now if he had stolen some money or not paid his taxes, they would have put him under the jail! Nice to know where America’s priorities lie.

  • james

    This country is weak on crime, unless money is involved… I think a child killer should be put down permanently. Period.15 years, what possible asset could a person like this ever be to society? If he could do this to a baby, there is nothing he wouldn’t do to anyone that upsets him. He needs to be ended..

  • Roxanne Green

    will lets see 15yrs, what he could be out in 5 for being good, and following the rules , so he could do it again. he should be hang by his balls, out in the hot sun to die.

  • The Architect

    Why is he not made to surrender his life for his crime?

    Why do we just say there’s a punishment for this, and then go on with YOUR life, and forget the damage in your wake? Why?

  • nochoices

    Why are we giving criminals a choice for their punishment? Its either this or that? Do we give our kids a choice when they do something wrong( well tommy you can either go in time out or you can go ride your bike ) Seriously why give them a choice? Thats crazy

  • Jim Saporito

    Civics lesson. The judges and prosecutors do not make the laws. The legislators make the laws. Judges and prosecutors can only apply the laws on the books. In order to change the laws, legislators have to be petitioned by the people (you).

    Look at those who get laws made in their favor. Bankers, the insurance industry, corporations. They get those laws by constantly petitioning their representatives. They know how America works. The rest of us seem to have forgotten, or were never told (did anyone hear about writing your legislators in school?). We seem to think we’ve done our duty as Americans by voting. Huh? That’s not the American way. The American way is to petition our representatives. They have more power to change things than any President. They make the laws. Just ask the meat companies that managed to get a law passed that makes it illegal to say something bad about meat in public.

    Write your representatives. Tell them that the purpose of a cage is to keep violent people away from the rest of us. Stop over crowding prisons with non-violent offenders. Stop treating violent crimes as if they were the same as non-violent crimes, deserving of the same sentencing guide lines.

    The system is not based on justice; it is based on punishment. If my loved ones were victims of violence, I would want justice. Justice would be knowing that the system is going to respond by keeping the perp. in a cage so they can’t hurt anyone else, ever. I could live with that. I could not live with the perp merely being “punished”. That’s just blood/revenge lust. I want justice and a sane world for my grandkids. I want my grandkids to say we gave a hoot and did our civic duty as Americans. Thank you.

    • Jim

      So Jim, help me out! Why was that not considered first degree, premeditated murder? I hope you are writing your representatives as well!!!

      • Jim Saporito

        1) I don’t understand the question. 2) Of course. It’s easy to do online. You don’t have to “write” anything. Just state a position. They put it in a pile marked “pro-prison reform” or w/e. Thanks for replying.

        • Jim Saporito

          Oh, I think I know what you mean… I don’t know. Let me know if you need to clarify. Thanks.

          • Jim

            Sorry Jim for being unclear. My question is why did they let him plead out to second degree and not go after 1st degree charges? He certainly must have thought about it before he did it!

  • Ronald Raygun

    Another liberal hard at work.

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