Man in ‘Little Boy Blue’ Case Given 40 Years for Roommate’s Slaying
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ A man whose son’s death along a Nebraska road became known as the ″Little Boy Blue″ case has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 1985 murder of his roommate.
Eli Stutzman, 38, had been found guilty in the April 1985 shooting death of Glen Albert Pritchett, 24. He was sentenced Monday.
Pritchett worked for Stutzman’s remodeling business and roomed with Stutzman and his 9-year-old son, Danny, in Austin. Pritchett’s body, shot once in the head, was found May 12, 1985, in a culvert outside Austin.
Stutzman left Austin with his son after he was questioned about Pritchett’s death.
Danny’s body was found in a ditch near Hebron, Neb., in December 1985. He was known only as ″Little Boy Blue″ by townspeople because of his blue pajamas. The cause of his death was never determined.
Stutzman was arrested near Fort Worth in December 1987 after Danny’s body was identified. He pleaded guilty in Nebraska to misdemeanor charges of abandoning a body and concealing the death of another person and was sentenced to 18 months.
He said Danny had developed a respiratory problem and died while they were driving to Ohio.
Stutzman’s attorney, Connie Moore of Houston, said the murder charge was ″based on a very weak circumstantial cases,″ and said she plans to appeal.
Stutzman must serve one-fourth of his sentence, or 10 years, before becoming eligible for parole.