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Oregon Mom Who Murdered Son She Thought Was Gay Gets 25 to Life In Prison: Video


A sentence was handed down yesterday in the case of Jessica Dutro, the Oregon mom convicted earlier this month in the murder of her 4-year-old son who she suspected was gay. Her boyfriend was also sentenced for his role in the heartbreaking crime.

Zachary-dutro-boggess-2d178f5176932452KOIN reports:

A local mother found guilty of beating her 4-year-old son to death because she thought he was gay was sentenced to prison Friday, as was her boyfriend who previously pleaded guilty.

The jury found Jessica Dutro guilty on all seven counts — one count of felony murder, five counts of murder by abuse and one count of second-degree assault.

Dutro’s daughter was 7 at the time of Zachary’s death. The girl testified she saw both Dutro and Canady commit the deadly beating.

Dutro was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years in prison.

Dutro’s boyfriend, Brian Canady, received his sentence Friday as well. Canady pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing.

Canady was sentenced to 150 months (12.5 years) with credit for time served.

Prosecutors argued that Dutro's motive for the murder was a Facebook message she sent to Canady in which she said that her son Zachary "walks and talk" like he was gay and wanted her boyfriend to “work on” the young boy. Zachary was subjected to daily beatings and died in August of 2012.

Watch a KPTV news segment about the sentences, AFTER THE JUMP.


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  1. Some crimes are just so heinous you can only respond with outrage.

    Posted by: Rob | Apr 19, 2014 12:32:33 PM

  2. They couldn't put this witch far enough UNDER the prison for my tastes. I hope she rots in jail for life.

    Posted by: Princely | Apr 19, 2014 12:37:14 PM

  3. Very inadequate sentence. The only jury should have been injury, having it inflicted daily for seven years until they die. Acually she will especially get something close to that surrounded in prison by women who would love to get out and hold their children.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 19, 2014 12:48:50 PM

  4. Here me out here, because I agree the sentences should have been longer.

    The US hands out long sentences like candy, because the public cried out for harsh sentences for everything for so long. This was because they were lied to, longer sentences don't really reduce crime.

    Instead, we now have a system that is so overburdened, that very, very few cases actually go to trial. Like, in the low single digits. Prosecutors almost never want to actually take cases to trial, even if it means getting just a few years for what should have been murder.

    Everything is pleaded out.

    That's how you end up with the boyfriend pleading to manslaughter, instead of being tried for murder.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 19, 2014 12:55:19 PM

  5. What does Santorum say about this and the other 3,000 children killed By parents every year in the USA? He says children need a mother and a father! This poor boy did not

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 19, 2014 1:02:36 PM

  6. There's truly a special place in hell for the two of them.

    Posted by: Will | Apr 19, 2014 1:23:06 PM

  7. I hope that stupid b*tch and her d*mb*ss boyfriend get shanked in prison.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Apr 19, 2014 1:52:33 PM

  8. Jessica Dutro is the young, ugly face of American Homophobia. The US has a serious problem with sick homophobes and not enough is being done to address it. Often Homophobia is encouraged. I can just see this bimbo watching a Saturday Night Live skit mocking stereotypical gay characters and her thinking, "I'll kill my kid if he turns out to be like THAT!"

    Posted by: Keeping it Real | Apr 19, 2014 2:11:06 PM

  9. the heart breaks for the young life lost, that knew only pain in his short life. it's an all too common story, too

    one of my best friends was beaten by his father over a number of years for "being a f@g"- and my friend isn't even gay. He was merely never like his father - he has always had a gentleness of spirit, and a dislike for violence, boorishness, etc. And he was beaten by his father for it as a child, until the man was finally removed from the home.

    So, the kid "walked and talked" like he's gay? So she beat him? Because being gay is that bad, eh?
    Of course, not all young gay people exhibit "signs" - and some "signs" don't lead to "gay" - but other avenues that are merely associated 'with' gay - like sensitivity, compassion, etc.

    We'll never know what kind of man he'd have grown up to be. A kind straight man. A kind gay man.

    some people just shouldn't be allowed to procreate.

    women like this are why i don't think folks with an anti-gay bias, be it cultura, societal or religious, should be allowed to adopt: it's bad enough when they hate their own blood-family, but if you're adopting a child, and there's *of course* a chance that the child *COULD* be gay - anti-gay people should be barred from adopting.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 19, 2014 2:48:50 PM

  10. ...I certainly hope that maggot of woman and her filthy boyfriend rot in jail.Jail is really to good for them but she got nailed for her evil. She had better watch her ugly ass in Prison. Some inmates have very strong feelings about child murderers even though they may be whack jobs about everything else. She just may wind up beaten to death..tsk tsk...what a shame that would be.

    Posted by: thom | Apr 19, 2014 3:20:53 PM

  11. I can only hope that she is beaten to death in prison.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Apr 19, 2014 3:36:31 PM

  12. glad it was oregon not florida . florida would have given her a parade with their justice system

    Posted by: walter | Apr 19, 2014 3:49:31 PM

  13. The irony is the woman who beat her son to death because she thought he was gay is now going to be eating pussy for the next 25 years.

    Posted by: crazycorgi | Apr 19, 2014 4:15:31 PM

  14. Look at the sweet, beautiful face of that sad, unfortunate, little boy! What loving gay or lesbian couple wouldn't want to have adopted him and give him the love he deserved? That wench should have gotten the death penalty.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 19, 2014 5:00:16 PM

  15. This is surely the worst crime humankind can commit: killing an innocent kid. Words are not enough to express how evil this is.

    Posted by: Marc | Apr 19, 2014 5:57:16 PM

  16. I am not mean spirited person, but this woman and her boyfriend should be physically tortured for what they did a 4 year child, that may or may have not been gay...ugh!

    Posted by: Bernie | Apr 19, 2014 6:48:26 PM

  17. Wow, it's funny how none of you made reference to her race! every time theres something involving an African American and anti-gay anything, most of you are quick to jump on the race bandwagon. I'm really staring to see what some African americans mean when they say white gay males are just as prejudice as their straight counter parts.

    Posted by: Well Look at That | Apr 20, 2014 2:39:50 AM

  18. That b**** and her boyfriend should get f***ed in the ass by that metal dildo/knife from the movie 7. I would be satisfied with that being their fate.

    Watching the expressions on their faces as others spoke about them was disgusting. They had no fear, no remorse, no despair. I wish them nothing but pain and suffering.

    Posted by: Curse | Apr 20, 2014 1:11:22 PM


    I like how you just said all that without the slightest hint of irony; you're the first one, and the only one, to "jump on the race bandwagon", but in your case, you're implying that it's "African Americans" (who I'm assuming you believe are all straight) vs. gay males (who you believe are all white).

    Wow, it's funny how use the words "most of you", when you have no idea who "most" of us are or what "most" of us do. And it's funny how you use the words "Every time..." RIGHT AFTER admitting that "none" of us made reference to her race!
    If I told you, which I am, that you make incompatible assertions, would you know what that means? Or is your consciousness so dim that the only thing you have capacity for are anti-gay memes you picked up from your anti-gay leaders?

    Posted by: Curse | Apr 20, 2014 1:43:42 PM

  20. Unfortunately, with "good behavior" in prison, they could both be out walking the streets in 15 years or so--just in time to mess up the remaining kids who will be coming of age and trying to rebuild their lives. And I agree, karmically--if either or both of them has an "accident" in prison and doesn't make it to release, the world will keep turning quite handily without them.

    Posted by: Dback | Apr 20, 2014 4:39:30 PM

  21. Little Kiwi:

    I appreciate very much what you said about homophobes not being allowed to adopt. Apparently, the young man who had such a wonderful chance on "America's Got Talent" last year was adopted by that family in Tennessee was kicked out by the family after he did some things they didn't like, primarily being gay. Makes me want to sterilize all of the people who think that way, although that probably wouldn't end their breed.

    If the time ever comes around to outlaw churches who preach such hate, I'll make sure to VOTE THEM OUT OF EXISTENCE. To paraphrase the old T-shirt slogan from the 80's: I may be fat, but you're STUPID, and I can diet!"

    Free sterilizations, anyone?

    Posted by: Rod Roddy lookalike | Apr 20, 2014 7:04:00 PM

  22. I'd like to wipe the smirk off that kunts face.

    She should he hanged along with her BF. Miserable, evil (redacted).

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 20, 2014 9:56:09 PM

  23. gay men and homophobic mothers...there's a topic for ya!

    could religion have anything to do with it?

    important to notice how she called upon the man to "work on" the boy.

    wish the man said no.

    Posted by: mark | Apr 21, 2014 12:00:26 AM

  24. No words for this one. Truly horrific. Certain people should either be prohibited from having kids or be forced to take child-rearing courses. So tragic.

    Posted by: romaine | Apr 21, 2014 11:50:11 PM

  25. How is this not a bias attack?

    Posted by: Gay Guy | Apr 23, 2014 9:01:02 PM

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