Here’s a look at the prison sentences handed down in some of Boulder County’s most infamous child-abuse cases:
16 years, criminally negligent child abuse
A jury in February convicted Midyette in the death of his son, 11-week-old Jason, who died in March 2006 taken after being taken to the hospital with more than 30 broken bones. Jurors said they couldn’t be sure who caused the fatal injuries, but Midyette should have sought medical help sooner.
16 years, child abuse resulting in death
A jury in December found Alex Midyette’s wife guilty of the more serious charge of child abuse resulting in death for not seeking medical help in time to save Jason’s life. She is eligible for parole after 12 years.
60 years, second-degree murder
A jury found Dowler guilty in February 2004 of killing his infant son, Tanner, who died in October 2002 after being hospitalized with 15 broken bones and second-degree burns on the bottoms of his feet.
10 years, child abuse and negligence
Joseph Dowler’s wife was sentenced in June 2003 after striking a plea deal for not getting help for her son. She served about three years before being released from prison.
12 years, sex assault on a child, child abuse
Ballard pleaded guilty in 1992 after prosecutors charged that he — along with his wife, Patricia, and friends Dennis and Marcia Dunann — sexually assaulted and tortured the Ballards’ seven children between 1987 and 1991.
He served nine years and was sentenced to an additional eight years after he was arrested again in 2005 for having contact with a child while on parole.
PATRICIA BALLARD, 6 years, freed in August 1998.
MARCIA DUNANN, 8 years, released in November 1999.
DENNIS DUNANN, 3 consecutive life sentences
10 years, felony child abuse resulting in death, third-degree assault
A jury convicted Arevalo on the above charges for beating to death his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son, Michael Manning, in 1982. Arevalo was acquitted of criminally negligent homicide.
ELIZABETH MANNING, 4 years, served 13 months
Source: Camera archives
Read Molly Midyette’s motion requesting a new trial (PDF)
Read the grand jury indictment (PDF)
Read the DA’s statement