Chanute man gets 10 years

CHANUTE — Adam Marrs, 23, Chanute, convicted of reckless second degree murder of his infant son, Denton, was sentenced Monday to nearly 10 years in prison.
Denton Marrs died Jan. 23, two days after he was taken to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute after his father said he had fallen from a bed.
Doctors at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita — where Denton was transferred — indicated that the 3-month-old Denton’s injuries were consistent with shaken baby syndrome, according to the Chanute Tribune. His injuries included extensive head trauma and multiple skull fractures, as well as healing and non-healing fractures of the ribs and extremities.
Denton was the great-grandson of Iolans Dorothy and Leon Catron.
Several family members, including Denton’s mother, Kayla Manion, spoke at Monday’s sentencing.
Manion cried through much of her written statement, which she directed mostly at Adam, the Tribune reported.
“In my eyes you are not a father to him because a father would never do this to his child,” she said. “He is safe in the arms of angels now where you will no longer be able to hurt him. I hope your life is filled with nothing but pain and hurt and sadness,” the newspaper reported.
The accused also spoke, expressing his remorse.
“I did not intend to hurt my son. I realize now that I did not exercise proper concern when I held my son the way I did. It was an accident and was never an act of abuse,” Adam Marrs said, according to the Tribune.
The sentence, handed down in Neosho County District Court by Judge Timothy Brazil, was part of a plea agreement. Marrs originally was charged with first-degree murder but pleaded guilty to reckless second degree murder in June.
He was sentenced to 117 months in prison with credit for the 11 months he already served. Marrs will be eligible for parole in about 8 1/2 years, the Tribune reported. He then would be subject to three years of post-release supervision.
In addition to Denton’s family, members of Bikers Against Child Abuse were in the courtroom.