Stepdad gets 25 years

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Gerardo Chavarria Pinzon is led out of court in handcuffs Tuesday after being sentenced to 25 years in prison. (Courtesy Tim Gonzalez/Statesman Journal)

Gerardo Chavarria Pinzon is led out of court in handcuffs Tuesday after being sentenced to 25 years in prison. (Courtesy Tim Gonzalez/Statesman Journal)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

SALEM – A Keizer man on Tuesday admitted to causing injuries to his 4-year-old stepson in November 2011, resulting in the death of Sebastian Iturbe.

The trial for Gerardo Chavarria Pinzon was expected to start in several weeks, but he appeared in Marion County Circuit Court in front of Judge Jamese Rhoades. Pinzon, now 24, pled guilty to one count of manslaughter and two counts of criminal mistreatment.

Pinzon was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Since he is not a legal U.S. citizen, he will be deported after time is served.

The manslaughter incident took place at the Hawk’s Point Apartments on Nov. 5, 2011. Sebastian was taken to Salem Hospital, then transferred to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, where he died the next evening.


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