HARDIN - The Hardin man accused of beating his toddler to death in 2017 with an amount of force that the coroner likened to being hit in the abdomen by a linebacker running at full speed was sentenced Tuesday to a century in prison.
Dana Redding, 24, was sentenced in Big Horn County District Court to 100 years at the Montana State Prison with a parole restriction on the first 50 years. Redding pleaded guilty to deliberate homicide for the murder of his 2-year-old daughter, Isabella.
The victim was beaten to death with a belt by Redding, who was experiencing some unexplained fit of rage.
Judge Blair Jones reminded a witness that the coroner found the victim suffered a beating with an extreme amount of force, comparable to a hit from a linebacker or an unrestrained passenger hitting the steering wheel during a stop after a high rate of speed.
The defense witness, a psychologist, testified that Redding's mental capacity was nearly "disabled." Redding has a severe learning disability, according to the Dr. William Dee Woolston, and suffered abuse of his own as a child.
"Is it fair to say much Mr. Redding's life has been punctuated by violence?" the defense attorney asked Woolston.
Woolston agreed. Redding's grandmother testified that he is a great person who has always been willing to help those in need. But the judge said any description of Redding as inept or kind was overshadowed by the heinous assault he carried out on his innocent daughter.
Prosecutors had requested a sentence of 50 years in prison, but the judge dramatically exceeded that request.
The victim's mother, Kevannah Grace George, is also facing charges related to the murder. Prosecutors believe she knew about the abuse leading up to the murder and failed to report it to police.