Father sentenced to 15 years to life
in baby shaking death A father
who admitted he shook his infant son to death was
sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after a judge
did not allow him to take back his guilty plea.
Brian Trelatsky pleaded guilty to second-degree
murder in January for killing his 10-week-old son,
Tyler. But Trelatsky's attorney said Tuesday that a
public defender failed to advise his client that he
could spend the rest of his life in prison when the
guilty plea was entered.
Superior Court Judge Ken Riley rejected the argument,
applauding the public defender for his thoroughness and
concluding that there was no evidence to suggest
Trelatsky was poorly advised.
Trelatsky's son was found in cardiac arrest in the
family's Simi Valley mobile home in March 2000. Tyler
was rushed to the hospital, where he died the next day.
An autopsy showed that Tyler died from trauma from an
impact, shaking, or a combination of the two.
Trelatsky was arrested six months later and charged
with child abuse causing death, which has a maximum
prison sentence of 25 years to life. The plea agreement
reached with prosecutors lessened that sentence to 15
years to life in prison.
"The people have done their best to represent Tyler
during these proceedings," said Dee Corona, a senior
deputy district attorney. "We cannot bring Tyler back.
What we can do is make Brian Trelatsky