Posted: Mar 14, 2013 11:30 AM
Updated: Mar 14, 2013 11:56 AM
Prosecutors revealed Thursday that they have made a plea offer to the mother of 9-year old Dylan Royer in exchange for her testimony against her boyfriend, Ronjoerox Damiso Hamilton, in the child's beating death.
The plea offer was discussed during a motion hearing setting the stage for Hamilton's first-degree murder trial. Both Hamilton, 32, and Royer's mother, Stefani Morgan, are awaiting trial on charges stemming from the 9-year-old's death.
Hamilton brought Royer to Women and Children's Hospital on the morning of June 11, 2011. Royer was not breathing, and as doctors treated him they discovered he had injuries consistent with a beating. He died the next day at 2:20 in the afternoon.
Assistant District Attorney James Prather told 15th Judicial District Court Judge Marilyn Castle that his office had offered Morgan an opportunity to plead guilty "straight up" with the condition that the District Attorney' Office would take both the death penalty and life imprisonment off the table.
"We would offer a sentence of years, not life," Prather said. He also said the offer had not been accepted.
"I am not sure there is an active offer on the table at this time," Prather said.
In other moves, Castle denied defense motions to bar the death penalty in Hamilton's case and release grand jury testimony. Other issues involving discovery of evidence and witnesses will be taken up at a hearing on May 16. Attorneys have until April 15 to finalize their motions and questions.