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Stepfather resentenced in Albuquerque child abuse case

September 5, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A prison sentence has been reduced for the stepfather of a New Mexico boy who authorities say was kicked to death by his mother.

Stephen Casaus’ sentence was cut from 35 years to 14 years Wednesday. The decision follows an appeals court ruling that vacated a child-abuse-resulting-in-death conviction against Casaus.

The appeals court found prosecutors failed to show during a 2015 trial that 9-year-old Omaree Varela died because Casaus waited to call 911.

The boy’s mother was sentenced to 40 years in connection with her son’s death.

Stephen Casaus is now serving time on counts of child abuse, tampering with evidence and bribing a witness.

He also must serve a 19-year sentence in an unrelated drug and firearms case.

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