Jayson Schimmel of Lockwood Valley has received a sentence of 37 years to life in prison for the killing of his infant son, Steven. Schimmel has spent over two and a half years in jail awaiting trial and sentencing. He will receive credit for that time, but will be in his 70s when he is eligible to be considered for parole.
Reported by Alex Wilson and Gary Meyer
After 995 days in jail, Jayson Schimmel, 35 of Lockwood Valley was sentenced July 18 for the March, 2009 murder of his infant son, Steven.
Ventura County Superior Court Judge Patricia Murphy said he must serve a sentence of 37 years to life on three counts. Schimmel was in court, but did not speak until the judge asked whether he waived his right to be present at a restitution hearing in September. He replied, “Yes, your honor.” Schimmel’s mother was also there. The mother of his deceased baby, former Frazier Park resident, Elizabeth Hill, 21 was not.
Schimmel must serve 12 years for corporal injury to a child prior to 25 years to life for abuse of a child causing death. A sentence of 15 years to life for murder was stayed by the court, merging the two sentences for the child’s death. Schimmel will be credited for time served. He may be eligible for parole when he is over 70 years old.
This is part of the July 22, 2011 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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