- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

GERING, Neb. (AP) - A Wyoming teenager who killed a western Nebraska jailer in what a judge called “a senseless act of violence” has been sentenced to at least 60 years in prison.

Sixteen-year-old Dylan Cardeilhac, of Torrington, Wyoming, was convicted in November of second-degree murder. He was 15 when he strangled Scotts Bluff County jailer Amanda Baker in February 2014.

Judge Travis O’Gorman sentenced Cardeilhac on Thursday to 60 years to life in prison. He said Cardeilhac’s criminal history and his lack of remorse showed that the public needed protection from the boy.

O’Gorman described the murder as “a senseless act of violence.”

“This case is just a great tragedy,” the judge said. “Most of all for the innocent victims in this case - a child lost a mother, a family lost a daughter, a community has lost someone.”

O’Gorman said Cardeilhac didn’t care that Baker had died and had once bragged, “I am at the top of the killers.”

One of the teen’s attorneys, James Mowbray, argued that Cardeilhac should be given a sentence that would give him hope of rehabilitation.

“Why ruin two lives?” Mowbray said. “One life is gone and nothing will bring her back. Should we ruin two lives?”

Cardeilhac was sentenced in May to eight to 15 years on separate charges of armed robbery and use of a weapon in a convenience store robbery. His murder sentence will be served consecutively.

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