The father of a nine-month-old boy who died last May and was found in a container in the Mohawk River has been sentenced for his sonâ??s death.
In Oneida County Court Thursday morning, Jevon Wameling of Utica learned that he will spend the next 7.5 to 15 years in prison for causing the death of his son, Levon. Jevon Wameling had pleaded guilty in November to second degree manslaughter after telling the Utica Observer-Dispatch that he discovered the baby dead in his sleep on May 29, 2013. However, the baby was found to have suffered a skull fracture after he was recovered from the Mohawk River by police dive teams on September 6.
Wameling said he panicked and was â??scared out of his mindâ?? when he put the boyâ??s body in a container, filled it with rocks, and sank it in the river. Wameling had told police on June 11 â?? two weeks after he allegedly went missing â?? that the boy had disappeared from their Jay Street home, triggering a county-wide search over the course of three months.
Levonâ??s mother Amy spoke in court Thursday, telling Jevon that he had â??destroyed our livesâ?? and â??took away our son.â?? She was moved to tears as she addressed the court and the father of her child.
At the sentencing hearing, Judge Barry Donalty recommended Wameling serve the full 15 years of his sentence and not be granted early parole. Donalty spoke to Wameling directly upon sentencing, saying "You chose to confine him (Levon) to a watery grave, not even having the common decency to give his mother the opportunity to give him a proper and respectful burial."
Wameling's manslaughter sentence will be served concurrently with additional prison terms he had previously received on unrelated burglary and drug charges.